Hong Kong Intl. Airport

‘Over the last few years RESET’s in-depth technical understanding of the carbon aspects of the airport business has been very helpful in supporting AAHK to achieve a number of our carbon-specific goals.’

Mike Kilburn, Senior Manager, Environment, Airport Authority Hong Kong


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the busiest passenger airports. In 2016, HKIA handled 70.5 million passengers and 4.52 million tonnes of air cargo. It is connected to over 190 destinations through 1,100 flights daily with more than 100 airlines.


Since 2011 RESET has supported the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) in its development of a carbon management progamme, and within this period the airport delivered significant reductions in carbon intensity. HKIA also differentiated itself internationally with a strong focus on including business partners in its carbon reduction programme. HKIA was the first airport in Asia to achieve Level 3 Optimisation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Scheme. In 2016 AAHK and 53 airport business partners announced a second-stage 10% carbon intensity reduction target to be delivered by 2020.

RESET completed a number of projects supporting the airport on its journey including:

  • Carbon footprint development and certification under Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme from 2013 – 2017.
  • Development of scope 3 carbon footprint methodologies for calculating annual emissions from aircraft ground movements.
  • Strategy, scenarios and business partner engagement underpinning the development of 2020 carbon reduction targets.
  • Training and engagement of AAHK business partners on climate and carbon management issues.