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Green Airports Recognition

The Green Airports Recognition aims to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and recognise airport members who have outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects.


By participating in this initiative, airports can share their environmental projects with other airports in the region and have the chance to be recognised for their achievements. Platinum, Gold or Silver recognition will be awarded in various airport size categories. The top submissions will be captured in the Green Airports Recognition publication.

Green Airports Recognition 2024 - Biodiversity and Nature-Based Solutions

Green Airports Recognition has successfully entered its eighth year, promoting environmental best practices while recognising ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East airport members who have outstanding accomplishments in their sustainability projects.
The aviation industry has entered a resilient recovery phase globally, overcoming the pandemic. Airport expansion to meet the growing aviation demand must prioritize minimising environmental impact, particularly considering the relationship with Biodiversity near the airports. As part of efforts to preserve Biodiversity, embracing Nature-Based Solutions has become crucial for preserving our planet, particularly in safeguarding local and regional biodiversity.
We encourage airports to submit their best practices in preserving Biodiversity and utilizing Nature-Based Solutions at their premises ranging from wetland restoration and creation, balancing wildlife species and airport operation, wildlife trafficking prevention, ecosystems restoration or carbon removal through Nature-Based Solutions.


The Green Airports Recognition 2024 is an opportunity for airports from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East to share their successful journey towards preserving Biodiversity and exploring best practices of utilizing Nature-Based Solutions in the aviation industry.
The exceptional airports are to be awarded into three categories in May 2024: “Platinum”, “Gold” or “Silver” recognition according to various airport size categories and set criteria.


The recognised airports are to be awarded at the 19th ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East Regional Assembly, in May 2024.​


Full programme details and application form, please view here.


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Green Airports Recognition 2023 - Elimination of Single-Use Plastic 


Green Airports Recognition 2023 - Single-Use Plastic Elimination

Our industry has grown exponentially over the past decades and will continue to do so in the years to come. As air transport continues to grow, a substantial volume of waste is expected to be generated at airports. One such issue we’ve identified is the increasing worldwide concern about the impact of single-use plastic pollution, especially within the aviation industry. 


To mitigate the environmental impact of waste and to comply with regulatory requirements, airports are increasingly implementing sustainable waste management policies. The Green Airports Recognition 2023 is an opportunity for airports from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East to share their best practices in eliminating single-use plastic.


 Recognised Airports
Green Airports Recognition 2023, recognising twelve airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for their outstanding achievements in mitigating the use of single-use plastic.

Participating airports (adjudicated according to the size of the airport) all demonstrated exceptional best practices in their sustainable waste management implementation.

The recognised airports are:

Over 35 million passengers per annum:

  • Platinum – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport    
    - Single Use Plastic Free Airport – Mumbai
  • Gold – Hong Kong International Airport
    - Accelerating the reduction of single-use plastics at Hong Kong International Airport
  • Silver – Indira Gandhi International Airport
    - Single Use Plastic Free Delhi Airport

Between 15-35 million passengers per annum:

  • Platinum –  Kempegowda International Airport     
    - Plastics Circularity at KIAB 
  • Gold – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
    - Single-use Plastic free RGI Airport
  • Silver – Jeju International Airport
    - The introduction of reusable cups to airport

Winners of Green Airports Recognition 2023

The recognised Airports were honoured at the 18thACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly(May 2023), Conference and Exhibition in Kobe, Japan.


Between 8-15 million passengers per annum:

  • Platinum – Central Japan International Airport
    - Bottle to Bottle’ sustainable use of PET bottle
  • Gold – Adelaide Airport
    - Single-use plastics free precinct
  • Silver – Bahrain International Airport    
    - Combating single use plastics at Bahrain International Airport (BIA)

Less than 8 million passengers per annum:

  • Platinum – Mangaluru International Airport
    - SUP Free Airport 
  • Gold – Christchurch International Airport
    - Waste Strategy to Circular Solutions
  • Silver –  Kaohsiung International Airport
    - Plastic-Free Life at the Airport


A full list of submitted projects, please visit the library here.

Environmental Aspects 


Each year, a different theme is chosen from the following environmental aspects:

  • Environmental Policy and Management (including green procurement)
  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Waste
  • Water (including both municipal water usage and wastewater discharge)
  • Energy
  • Carbon
  • Biodiversity
  • Ground transportation
  • Land & water contamination
  • Others

The Green Airports Recognition run by ACI Asia-Pacific is an excellent initiative helping airports share best practice initiatives across the region and providing recognition for those taking action to improve their environmental performance 

Adelaide Airport Limited






  • Green Airports Recognition 2023 - Single-Use Plastic Elimination
  • Green Airports Recognition 2022 - Carbon Management
  • Green Airports Recognition 2021 - Air Quality Management
  • Green Airports Recognition 2020 - Water Management
  • Green Airports Recognition 2019 - Green Airport Infrastructure 
  • Green Airports Recognition 2018 - Waste Minimization 
  • Green Airports Recognition 2017 - Energy Management


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