- Grupo Argos’s concession company, Odinsa, ratified its commitment to sustainability and generating shared value through the implementation of climate change mitigation initiatives at its concessions.
- Mariscal Sucre became the first international airport to have reached carbon footprint neutrality in Latin America.
- El Dorado was certified at level 2 – Reduction by the Airport Carbon Accreditation of the ACI-LAC because it reduced emissions intensity by 5% over 2017, and by 25% compared to the previous three years’ average.
Medellín, September 9, 2019. Odinsa, Grupo Argos’s concession company, continues to materialize its commitment to sustainability through specific actions and programs that generate shared value for the company, the environment and society. This includes its decisive aim to reduce the carbon footprint, with its airports attaining outstanding results.
Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito was declared carbon neutral in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program (ACA) established by the Airports International Council and with technical approval from the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Bank, and the US Federal Aviation Administration. Mariscal Sucre became the first international airport to have reached carbon footprint neutrality in Latin America.
Initiatives aimed at reaching this important goal include specific actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as fuel savings and energy efficiency actions such as replacing lamps for LED bulbs, and capturing over 400 tons of CO2 thanks to the 4,596 trees planted in reforestation activities at the Caraburo plateau reserve area, among others. In addition, the airport offsets its direct emissions through the purchase of certified carbon bonds from sustainable projects like the MANOA REDD+, which consists of the conservation of a 74,000-hectare forest located in the state of Rondonia, Brazil, whose biodiversity is threatened by deforestation and lumber theft.
“At Odinsa we have the clear conviction that sustainability requires concrete actions that generate positive impacts, which is why we design, adapt, implement and share industry best practices at our concessions, which allow us to generate shared value for our stakeholders as well as for the company,” stated Mauricio Ossa, CEO of Odinsa.
El Dorado’s air terminal received level 2 – Reduction certification, in the framework of this same program by the Airport Carbon Accreditation of the ACI-LAC, because it reduced emissions intensity by 5% over 2017, and by 25% compared to the previous three years’ average.
This reduction was possible thanks to the implementation of strategies stipulated in the airport’s carbon management plan, which includes energy savings based on improvements to the air conditioning, ventilation and lighting systems, as well as service vehicle fleet renovation, in addition to the execution of offset programs involving planting and maintaining trees at an ecosystem of the dry tropical forest in the Colombian Andean region, and its participation in the BanCO2 initiative.
Other noteworthy aspects of the plan include the short-term launch of the largest air terminal solar panel project in Latin America, developed thanks to a partnership between Odinsa, Opain and Celsia, which includes 10,369 panels that will generate around 12% of the air terminal’s energy, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of +1500 homes. This project will also prevent the emission of
1,375 tons of CO2.
Finally, Odinsa will continue to deploy its shared-value generation proposal and to responsibly manage its concessions, in line with the best practices of its parent company, Grupo Argos, thereby continuing to support competitiveness and development in the countries where it operates through high-impacting, carefully developed projects that generate progress and connectivity.
More about managing energy and carbon emissions and the Airport Carbon Accreditation:
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We identify energy efficiency opportunities and create strategies to prevent and mitigate emissions during the construction and operation of infrastructure projects, which also adapt to climate change.
We inventory greenhouse gas emissions in our projects, pinpointing sources of emissions and their volumes, which allows us to identify strategies to reduce and optimize energy consumption.
Reduction and optimization
We look for energy efficiency opportunities and implement operational improvements to reduce impacts and generate savings in projects. We also work with roads and airports stakeholders to engage them in efforts to manage mobility impacts.
We implement offset plans through initiatives that protect strategic ecosystems.