Climate change mitigation and adaptation

Section 3.3 of the Airport Environment Strategy 2019-2024 sets out our key objectives in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the five-year action plan sets out how these will be achieved.

Our objectives are to reduce and manage the impacts of climate change on the airport by:

  • Understanding and minimising direct and indirect impacts associated with climate change
  • Cost effectively reducing energy and greenhouse gas emission intensities
  • Meeting all relevant regulatory requirements

Visit the climate resilience section for our approach to climate change.

We are carbon accredited

In 2008, Sydney Airport signed the Global Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate Change. This agreement was an important demonstration of aviation’s worldwide voluntary commitment to researching and introducing technological, operational and efficiency advances that will reduce aviation’s contribution to climate change and reduce its impact on the environment.

Following the Global Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate Change, the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe made a commitment to assist member airports to assess and reduce their carbon footprint through Airport Carbon Accreditation.

The overall aim of Airport Carbon Accreditation is to provide recognition of improved performance in carbon and energy management and to encourage the development of management practices that support the principles of Carbon Neutrality, in line with policies adopted by the ACI World’s General Assembly in November 2007. It's the only industry-specific, performance-based, voluntary and institutionally endorsed accreditation label designed specifically for airports. The four levels of accreditation enable all airports to participate at different stages on their journey to carbon neutrality.

Sydney Airport became Airport Carbon Accredited by ACI under its carbon standard for airports in May 2014. We currently hold Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ certification which we first achieved in 2016. This means we calculate scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and implement initiatives to reduce them, such as engaging with our airport business partners to support their efforts.

We’re striving to achieve Level 4 ‘Neutrality’ under the program by 2025.

Read more about Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Our carbon footprint

We've mapped our carbon footprint for a number of years and reported this information to the Australian Government through the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS).

To learn more about our emissions performance and our sustainability commitments and initiatives to reduce emissions, see our latest Sustainability Report.