SUVA, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Nadi International Airport has received the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1 Certification from the Airport Council International, its operator Airports Fiji Limited announced Thursday.
The accreditation recognizes the efforts put in by Airports Fiji Limited to reduce their carbon emissions, said Faiz Khan, executive chairman of Airports Fiji Limited, adding that to be recognized among some of the biggest airports in the world is a remarkable feat for a small island country like Fiji, a hub for the region.
With a carbon management policy in place, the airport is fitted with energy saving LED lights, sensor activated lights, a new water chiller air conditioning system and a building management system, according to Khan.
The accreditation, which is in line with Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama's vision of leading the charge against climate change as the president of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change, will strengthen the airport's resolve to further reduce its carbon footprint so that it can get a higher-level certification in future, Khan told reporters.
As Fiji's main airport and gateway that handles 96 percent of total annual international passengers and 30 international scheduled flights on a daily basis, the Nadi International Airport, located at Fiji's tourism hub of Nadi, welcomes more than 1.2 million international passengers as well as over 450,000 domestic passengers annually.