Turkey’s leading global brand in the airport operations, TAV Airports has launched an application that enables the passengers offset the carbon footprint which results from the flights as part of fight against climate change studies. The passengers can calculate carbon footprint of their flights and offset it by supporting a project which both reduces the carbon emission and contributes sustainable development with the application on the websites of 14 airports operated by TAV.
TAV Airports Vice President Kemal Ünlü stated: "Public authorities, private sector and civil society should exert common effort to stop climate change and leave the future generations a habitable planet. Globally, 2 per cent of carbon emissions are associated with aviation industry, mainly airports. TAV is aware of its responsibility and in corporation with our shareholders; we are striving to decrease our environmental impact to minimum whilst increasing the passenger satisfaction. We are endeavoring to increase the awareness of our stakeholders and mainly our passengers with carbon footprint calculation and offset application, which we developed in collaboration with myclimate Turkey by harnessing its expertise."
myclimate Turkey General Manager Hande Sezer expressed: “TAV Airports carries its leading approach on environment and climate change a step forward with this study. The application, which we developed for TAV, both gives the passengers the chance to fight against climate change and aims to increase the awareness on the subject. This initiative once more displays TAV's innovative style as an airport operator in Turkey launching such an application before airline companies."
According to the application, which was developed by myclimate Turkey in line with international standards, a passenger, who is travelling between Istanbul and Ankara in economy class causes 125 kilos of carbon emission to the atmosphere that is almost equal to the carbon amount 30 trees reduce in a year. After the calculation, the passengers can offset the amount by supporting the projects in myclimate Turkey's portfolio.
TAV is also one of Turkey's leading companies that decrease carbon emissions and use natural resources efficiently. Within this frame, TAV became one of the seven companies having the highest performance in fighting against climate change in 2013, as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Ankara Esenboğa Airport was listed amongst top 17 environmentally friendly airports of the world under Carbon Accreditation Program of ACI (Airport Council International) Europe. Istanbul Atatürk and Izmir Adnan Menderes airports are also participating in the program actively. Enfidha Airport, operated by TAV in Tunisia, became the first airport participating in the project from the Africa continent.