A significant leap forward was taken today in Cyprus at the 29th ACI Europe Annual Congress and General Assembly. The airport trade association revealed a resolution officially dedicating the European airport industry to reach net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.
A common goal
This commitment is supported by 194 airports managed by 40 airport operators throughout two dozen European countries. All of them are devoted to the same mission. This net zero drive will reduce around 3.46 million metric tons of annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
“Europe’’s airports have been leading climate action with annual reductions announced every year for the past decade. 43 of them have actually become carbon neutral, supported by the global industry standard Airport Carbon Accreditation. However, today’s commitment brings a new dimension to this – no offsets. Crucially, with its NetZero2050 commitment, the airport industry is aligning itself with the Paris Agreement and the ambitions of the vast majority of EU countries.” says President of ACI Europe and Chief Executive Officer of Munich Airport, Michael Kerkloh. “Europe’s airports have already started delivering, and I am confident that many will reach net zero before 2050. There are already 3 net zero airports in Europe: Luleå, Ronneby, and Visby, operated by the Swedish airport operator, Swedavia. Swedavia aims to achieve net zero emissions for all its airports including Stockholm-Arlanda by 2020 along with Hamburg airport by 2022, while Amsterdam-Schiphol, Eindhoven, and Copenhagen airports have set this goal for 2030.”
Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, said “The IPCC Special Report from last October is unequivocal about the need to achieve net zero emissions by mid-century. We need all sectors of society working towards this ultimate goal. It is therefore encouraging to see the airport industry voluntarily raising its ambitions and we look forward to working with this vital sector.”