Hawke's Bay Airport’s aspires is to being New Zealand’s most sustainable airport by embedding sustainability at the heart of everything we do. The framework through which we will achieve this vision is identified in our Sustainability Policy  

In February 2020 we succeeded in our first step towards carbon neutrality, gaining Level 1 of the internationally recognised Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

In January 2021, we gained Level 2 ACA certification recognising Hawke’s Bay Airport’s commitment to emission reduction, climate change mitigation and sustainable development.  Level 2 requires the airport to show that it has made meaningful change in its carbon emissions and since 2018 HBAL has reduced its average emissions per passenger by 12%. 

Achieving Level 3 (out of six levels) requires us to look beyond our own operations, so the next phase will see us work with our partners, such as tenants and contractors, to help bring their emissions down.  We will also be looking to key partners in our community to collaborate on some larger-scale projects.


ABOUT Airport Carbon Accreditation

ACI launched the Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2009 after member airports adopted a landmark resolution on Climate Change to reduce carbon emissions from their operations with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent, voluntary programme administered by WSP, an international consultancy appointed by ACI EUROPE to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis.

Airports applying to become accredited must have their carbon footprints independently verified in accordance with ISO14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting). Evidence of this must be provided to the programme administrator (WSP) together with all claims regarding carbon management processes which must also be independently verified.

The definitions of emissions footprints used by Airport Carbon Accreditation follow the principles of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) “Greenhouse Gas Protocol” Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. When considering the emissions from aircraft within the airport perimeter and on final approach and initial departure, Airport Carbon Accreditation uses the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) definition of the Landing-Take Off cycle and requires airports to comply with these definitions.

The Willis Legal Bikeport is a collaboration between Willis Legal, HBAL, EECA (co-funder) and Hawke’s Bay Trails. The bikeport has secure undercover parking for 12 bikes, a bike maintenance station for assembly and repairs, charging capability for e-bikes, and additional bike racks and seating outside.

 The Bikeport will make it easier and more convenient for cyclists to access the airport by bike, encouraging the 200 people who work at airport-based businesses and the estimated 500,000 passengers (and growing quickly - noting 750K just prior to COVID-19) and visitors who use the airport every year, to consider more sustainable transport options. It will also enhance Hawke’s Bay as a destination for cyclists.

The Bikeport is an ideal rest stop on the 35km Water Ride trail, a scenic ride that starts on Napier’s shoreline at Ahuriri. The trail follows the coast towards Bay View, before heading inland and south into rural wetlands. It winds around historic Te Roro o Kuri Island and after passing the airport continues through wetlands and finishes back in Ahuriri. The full 35km loop can be split into shorter sections, or extended to include the Taradale Loop that takes in Mission Estate and Church Road wineries.

The Bikeport is securely locked between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am and is also monitored by a security camera and Amour Guard site monitoring. While the airport endeavours to take all reasonable care to ensure the safety of bicycles parked in the Bikeport through the use of lighting and CCTV, the Airport does not guarantee and provides no warranty in respect of the security of your bicycle. Airport employees are not authorised to accept any of your possessions for safe custody.