Cork Airport

Environment & Sustainability

Cork Airport is fully committed to developing environmental standards in all areas of its business in order to ensure a safe and efficient airport facility. We promote environmental awareness among staff at Cork Airport. 

The airport’s management team is committed to ensuring all employees are aware of our environmental guidelines. Relevant training and education is provided to all airport staff.

Our guiding principles are to continue to meet our legal obligations and to strive towards continual improvement. In addition, we will strive to influence third parties who operate on our site to act in an environmentally responsible manner.

Our Environment Programme

In order to meet the demands of sustainable development and to safeguard the natural environment, Cork Airport has embarked on an extensive Environment Programme as part of its Environmental Management System. This is aimed at improving environmental practices and preventing pollution and is based on the following objectives.


We aim to work in association with representatives of airlines, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and aircraft maintenance companies, to abate the impact of aircraft related noise on the community within technical, safety and reasonable financial and national economic constraints.

Air Quality

We aim to monitor air quality at Cork Airport for the health and benefit of the local communities and staff in accordance with international standards and legislative requirements.

Water Quality

We aim to monitor water (drinking, surface, waste and ground water) systems at Cork Airport against regulatory standards and to take appropriate remedial action where required.

Waste Management

We aim to reduce the amount of waste generated and handled by Cork Airport going to landfill and to increase recycling levels. We also aim to dispose of waste in an environmentally sustainable manner and in accordance with legislative requirements.

Energy Usage

We aim to promote the efficient use of energy in all our activities at Cork Airport.

Visual Impact

We aim to enhance the visual environment at Cork Airport.


We aim to promote and preserve local ecology and the habitats therein in the context of a developing international airport.

Operators, Tenants And Concessionaires

We liaise with Operators, Tenants, Concessionaires and Contractors at Cork Airport to ensure that we influence their activities.

Airport Carbon Accreditation


Every year since 2011, Cork Airport has successfully achieved the ‘Reduction’ status accreditation under the Airport Council International (ACI) – Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is the European standard for carbon management and emission reductions at airports. This certification programme, specifically designed for airports, has received widespread support and endorsements from both the EU and the UN Environment Programme. 

Launched in June 2009, the programme has four levels of accreditation: mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality.

Participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme plays a significant role in the advancement of daa’s overall Sustainability Strategy. Cork Airport’s accreditation at the ‘Reduction’ level means that the airport has mapped all of the CO2 emissions sources under its direct control, on the airport site and also succeeded in reducing those CO2 emissions.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an annual certification programme and consequently requires ongoing commitment to sustainability and continuous improvements from year to year.

At present, there are 125 airports in over 40 countries globally which are Airport Carbon Accredited at various levels of the programme. Airports accredited to date handle 27.5% of global passenger traffic each year.

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