Cambodia Airport Marks World Environment Day

Cambodia's three international airports yesterday joined their sister airports, a network of 36 hubs worldwide developed and managed by VINCI Airports, in celebrating World Environment Day, according to a media release of Cambodia Airports, the developer and operator of international airports in Cambodia.

In Cambodia, the 2018 event has been extended to a full week focusing on entrusting youngsters with a leading role in building awareness on plastic waste, in particular on single-use plastic such as cups, straws, bags and other packaging. The key message is If you can't reuse it, refuse it.

Each day of the week, there will be initiatives evolving around educating all airport stakeholders about negative impacts of plastic overuse, ranging from clean walks along the airports' fences and involvement of tenants in cutting down the amount of single-use plastic to workshop on plastic use and environmental awareness campaign through drawings to be displayed at the airports' terminals.

And at the very end of the week, there will be a survey undertaken by Young Eco Ambassadors for feedbacks from tenants and passengers about the World Environment Day events at the airports. Selection from the drawing contest of three visuals that could turn into a successful awareness message. The winners will be awarded special prizes.

Environmental consciousness must lead to concrete actions and that's what we have been achieving at the airports for years. A few months ago, we commissioned two waste water treatment plants at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports. Other initiatives deployed include streamlining electricity use at the airports' facilities, phasing out old vehicles and sorting of waste, Mr. A�ric DELOBEL, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said.

Within the framework of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), introduced in 2009 on the initiative of the Airports Council International (ACI), Cambodia's three international airports renewed last March the level 1 certification of a programme aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Independently verified, the accreditation results from the successful mapping of all CO2 emissions at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The carbon footprint obtained can therefore be used as a starting point to control, reduce and ultimately neutralize the airports' impact on their environment.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press