Sustainability at the Sunport: Airport Earns Carbon Accreditation

Feb 13, 2024

Sunport recognized for commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions


ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque International Sunport recently earned a Level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA). This designation, conferred by Airports Council International (ACI), is the first phase in a multi-tiered, globally recognized program that awards airports certain accreditation levels for their commitment to and progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Level 1 accreditation is the Sunport’s baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory–the amount of CO2 associated with the Sunport that was put into the atmosphere during the inventory year.


“We are committed to advancing sustainability at the Sunport so we can contribute to a healthy environment for our families,” said Aviation Director Richard McCurley. “This accreditation represents our overarching mission to address climate challenges in every way that we can. We will continue our efforts to be good stewards to our environment as we work to serve New Mexico and our community.”


The development of the Sunport’s baseline greenhouse gas emissions involved a number of data sets to calculate the amount of CO2 associated with Sunport operations. Except for those coming from airline activities, which are included in the application for Level 3 accreditation.


“It is a great accomplishment for the Sunport to be included among other airports worldwide, who are working to reduce their emissions to help combat climate change,” said Alex Schroeder, Aviation Department Environmental Program Manager. “This is one of many steps the Sunport is taking to make Albuquerque a healthier city to call home. As we advance through the ACA program, we will be focused on reducing our GHG emissions, becoming more energy efficient and incorporating energy resilience into our operation.”


The next step for the Sunport is to develop next year’s emission inventory for a renewal of Level 1, and then apply for Level 2 Accreditation. There is a more robust explanation of the requirements for achieving accreditation levels within the ACA program here:





About the Albuquerque International Sunport

Owned and operated by the City of Albuquerque’s Aviation Department, The Albuquerque International Sunport is New Mexico’s largest commercial airport, welcoming over 5 million passengers each year. Served by eight major carriers, 3 cargo carriers and 2 commuter airlines, the Sunport offers nonstop service between ABQ and 29 destinations, with worldwide connectivity. The Albuquerque International Sunport is the Gateway of New Mexico.

NOTICE: On-site parking is limited. Please plan extra time to find parking.  Parking Info