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Beijing continues to cut carbon

NAIROBI: December 06, 2017. According to an Assessment Report on Beijing Capital Airport, released during the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi this week, its overall carbon dioxide emissions were cut by almost 16 percent between 2014 and 2016.

Beijing Capital AirportChina's largest airport handled 94.39 million passengers in 2016 and has been adding roughly ten million a year since 2010, a growth rate that is comparable to the increase in Beijing's Gross Domestic Product.

"Beijing Capital International Airport (right) has shown strong commitment towards sustainability, balancing growth in air, cargo and passenger traffic with enhanced environmental performance," said Steven Stone, Chief, Resources and Markets Branch, Economy Division of UN Environment.

The airport contributes nearly 10 percent to Beijing's annual economic output and employs six percent of the city's working population directly and indirectly, making it a cornerstone of the city's growth and jobs.

"We have made some improvements in the past years, including energy and resource efficiency and pollution reduction. However, that's not enough," said Zhang Wei, vice president of the Beijing Capital International Airport Company. "This Assessment Report is just a start for us in the green airport journey."

The latest UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi brought together over 4,000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives to tackle global pollution.

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