Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur Carbon Neutrality

Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur is actively engaged in the protection of the quality of local air and the fight against climate change.


Nice Côte d’Azur airport achieved the ultimate and decisive milestone of its Airport Carbon Accreditation strategy by becoming carbon-neutral 2 years ahead of its initial deadline of 2018. Cannes-Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports also reached this highest possible level in 2018.

Level 3+ means that the airport management has committed, after several years of reducing its emissions, to continue those efforts and offset any residual emissions to allow all operations under the airport's control to become carbon-neutral.

Since 2011, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur has been implementing the independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme which helps airports around the globe measure their carbon footprint and take initiatives to drastically cut their greenhouse gases to four different levels of accreditation (mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality).

The 37 partners that have so far voluntarily signed up to the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme include airlines, ground handlers, freight companies, helicopter companies, retailers, caterers, car rental companies, cleaning agencies, refuellers, managers and security firms.

Since 2010, Nice has cut its kilograms of CO2 equivalent per passenger by more than 75%, in particular thanks to a successful partnership with Electricité de France and the signature of a contract for the purchase of 100% French hydroelectric power.

This year, the airports compensated 1,961 tonnes of CO2 equivalent of their direct emissions through three compensation projects. The methodologies used to calculate the emissions gains of all these projects are certified by the United Nations.

The three projects are:

The capture and recovery as energy of the methane from the Santa Marta waste processing plant in Chile, combined with a campaign to raise awareness, conserve and protect the remarkable Préalpes d’Azur in France by AVVENA

The creation of wells in Rwanda by SouthPole Group

The development of organic waste composting units in Togo, Cameroon and Madagascar by the Good Planet Foundation 

Santa Marta Chili
South Pole Group
Fondation Good Planet


According to ACI Europe’s Airport Carbon Accreditation criteria, the three platforms of the Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur group, or ACA, (Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez), have already achieved carbon-neutrality. But we must continue to work hard to reach Net Zero Emissions.

This new commitment, made in June 2019, constitutes airport operators’ response to the Paris agreements and to the information contained in the latest report by the IPCC. By 2030 at the latest, we must reach a balance between carbon sources and carbon wells.

Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur will have to drastically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions under its direct control, and deploy solutions that locally absorb the residual emissions. These residual emissions are produced by technologies and services that cannot avoid using fossil energy, because they do not yet exist.

Consequently, we have decided to do everything within our power that enables our activity to continue sustainably and to the benefit of the greatest number.
This highly ambitious initiative demands cooperation with the aviation sector.

So what does this actually mean?
  • No more vehicles powered by fossil energy
  • No more carbon-based electricity
  • No more power resources that use fossil energy
  • New working methods that involve fewer movements
  • Closer attention to our entire digital management system
  • At the same time, conserving existing biodiversity and enabling it to prosper
  • Supporting the circular economy

It is quite clear that everyone has a role to play in their own field of specialist activity.