Queen Beatrix International Airport (Aruba Airport) has clinched its second consecutive Green Globe Certification recently.
Operated by Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA), the sustainability award for environmentally conscious airport operations has now been gained by the Caribbean airport for a second consecutive year.
A Closer Look at the Certification Process
AAA’s dedication to sustainability is deeply ingrained in its decision-making processes, shaping the trajectory of its future endeavors.
Certifications play a pivotal role in substantiating a company’s commitment to sustainability, evaluating its impact on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and contributing to a healthier planet.
In 2023, AAA underwent a meticulous desktop-based audit conducted by an independent assurance auditor to secure the recertification of Green Globe.
As one of the premier certification programs globally for sustainable travel and tourism operations, Green Globe sets the gold standard.
This year’s audit scrutinized 56 criteria spanning Sustainable Management, Social/Economic, Cultural Heritage, and Environmental aspects.
AAA’s commitment extended beyond the standard requirements. The airport introduced comprehensive Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) reports, encompassing all business-related travel.
Continuous monitoring initiatives were implemented, coupled with the introduction of energy consumption projects and updated policies.
Notably, AAA’s Wings of Hope spearheads annual community projects aligned with the UN’s SDGs, fostering positive impacts within the local community.
Recognition from Green Globe CEO
Green Globe CEO, Birte Pelayo, lauded AAA for its unwavering commitment to sustainability. As the sole sustainability-certified airport under Green Globe, Aruba Airport Authority N.V. stands out as a beacon of leadership on both international and Caribbean fronts.
Pelayo commended AAA for organizing a Global SDG Action Week and applauded their ambitious goal of transitioning all ground equipment to non-fossil fuel energy by 2030.
Christine Kaarsbaan-Leo, AAA’s Sustainability & Health Manager, emphasized the airport’s responsibility to lead by example. She highlighted the importance of minimizing environmental impact through sustainable decision-making processes and operational choices.
Kaarsbaan-Leo also stressed the significance of encouraging the airport community to actively participate in community projects that positively impact Aruba.
Words from the Director
Angeline Flemming, Director of Health, Safety, and Sustainability at AAA, expressed the organization’s unwavering commitment to continuous improvement.
Flemming called on staff and airport partners to drive sustainable initiatives collectively, aspiring to position AAA as the leading airport in the region known for its sustainable efforts.
The director proudly acknowledged the team’s hard work, underscoring the significance of achieving the Green Globe Certification for the second consecutive year.
About Aruba Airport
AUA Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean region, with over 25 different airlines operating into Aruba contributing to processing over 2.5 million passengers per year (pre-covid) and providing air service to more than 28 destinations worldwide.
AUA Airport is operationally solid where over 95% of all visitors are leisure guests: 75% from the United States & Canada, 15% from Latin America, 6% from Europe, and 4% from Dutch Caribbean, year to date, August 2023.
AUA Airport attributes this to the island’s stable economic and political climate, hospitable and multilingual population, and safe environment.
AUA Airport undergoes continuous upgrades to maintain its position as one of the region’s most innovative airports.
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