GVA signs up to global commitment on climate change


22.04.2008

Today, Geneva International Airport joined the global aviation industry in a Declaration on climate change that was signed by industry leaders at the Aviation & Environment Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. More than 300 of the world's airports have also signed up to the Declaration.

Although aviation only accounts for two percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, today's declaration was designed to demonstrate and strengthen the industry's commitment to introducing technological, operational and efficiency advances to reduce its impact.

Robert Deillon, CEO of Geneva International Airport, says: "In signing up to the declaration, Geneva International Airport has reaffirmed its commitment to the environment. We will work with all players across the industry to target carbon-neutral growth as a step towards a carbon-free future for aviation." In Geneva, energy efficient operations are implemented with regard to ground operations and airport infrastructure management. Measures to reduce emissions generated by surface access of passengers and employees are also pursued with conviction.

Robert J Aaronson, Director General of the global trade association of airport executives, Airports Council International, says: "Airports around the world are already implementing energy efficient operations; this Declaration further demonstrates aviation's coordinated efforts in tackling environmental challenges. All sectors of society, business, governments and individuals have a role to play in addressing climate change. This Declaration confirms aviation's intention to grow and contribute to economies, in a sustainable way."

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