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SEYMOUR AIRPORT OF BALTRA

“It is a matter of great pride for us (Corporaccion America) to have designed, constructed, and to now operate the world’s first ecological airport. Despite the challenges, we have accomplished our goal without sacrificing high standards in technology and service. We think green, and in doing so are building a sustainable future.” Ezequiel Barrenechea, CEO, Galapagos Ecological Airport, and Director, Corporación América

Galapagos Ecological Airport with its Gold Level certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Following this milestone accomplishment, Corporación América’s goals expanded to the airport’s operations. They have been working to obtain Airport Carbon Accreditation as part of the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, the aim of which is the evaluation, offset and recognition of airports’ efforts to manage

and reduce their carbon emissions. In June 2015, Galapagos Ecological Airport became the second airport in Latin-America to be certified with Mapping Level 1. The next objectives are to obtain the three levels of award until the airport is certified with Green Operation and Maintenance, making it a model for the aviation sector as a whole. The world’s media has named the airport the “first of its kind,” highlighting the fact that the infrastructure functions fully with renewable energy (35% solar and 65% eolic), and that it has been built on a Natural Heritage Of Humanity site. The airport, which acts as the main entrance to the Galapagos Islands, is already a model in regard to environmental conservation and contributes to informing tourists on ecological issues immediately upon arrival. Galapagos Ecological Airport is proof that it is indeed possible to ensure high standards in technology and service without compromising the ecosystem’s health.

Galapagos Ecological Airport functions fully with renewable energy (35% solar and 65% eolic)

“It fills us with great pride to have designed, constructed, and to now operate the world’s first ecological airport,” concludes Barrenechea. “Despite the challenges, we have accomplished our goal without sacrificing high standards in technology and service. We think green, and in doing so are building a sustainable future.” ACI WORLD REPORT

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