Environmental Strategy

Fulfilling our responsibilities

For Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, environmental responsibility in air transport is not a new concern. It has been part of our everyday work for years. Because it is fully integrated into a dense urban environment, and because it is one of the gateways to a region that is famous all over the world for its beautiful sites, landscapes and lifestyle, the Group quickly began work to preserve the local area’s appeal, activities and quality of life.

For over 20 years, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport’s Environment Charters have facilitated decisive progress. The results of the fourth version intend to optimise, consolidate, and sustain.

Best Practice Charter

This fourth charter builds upon strong commitments to reduce the environmental impact of the airport and to control disturbances. All the signatories (aviation professionals, local authorities, residents) adhere to its actions and aims. It is an excellent way to prioritise the quality of the environment in the vicinity of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and also at all organisational levels for the sustainable development of air transport.

Listening to local populations, it launched a raft of concrete actions to measure and reduce air and noise pollution. It funded part of the Nice metropolitan area’s tram network, to contribute to the development of sustainable transport. It was also among the first to make a firm commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions via the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

After beginning this journey in 2011, Nice Côte d’Azur became the first French airport to achieve carbon neutrality  with offsetting according to the level 3+ reference system of the program Airport Carbon Accreditation . Cannes Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports then joined Nice at the highest level, 4+, of Airport Carbon Accreditation.
The Group began a transition to Net Zero Emissions without offsetting its own emissions in 2021,  towards reducing its indirect emissions by forming partnerships to help third parties on the platform reduce the carbon emissions of their activities.

French airport to achieve carbon neutrality. The Group’s two other airports joined it in 2018.

However, these are just initial victories. More than ever, efforts to protect the environment and combat climate change must be a priority. This is why the Group has entirely transformed its strategy. Until now, there were two main pillars: economic performance to benefit the region, and customer satisfaction. Now, there is a third pillar, which is just as essential: ecological performance.

The target of its CAP 2030 climate strategy is that the whole of the airport group should have “NetZero carbon emissions by 2030 at the latest”.

This means carbon neutral not through offsetting, but rather through a drastic reduction in its emissions and through the absorption of remaining emissions. The above means that the group’s actions are in line with the Paris agreement targets.

CAP 2030 Strategy