Europe's airports announce bold ambitions towards carbon neutrality


19.06.2008

European airports gathering in Paris this week, for the 18th ACI EUROPE Annual Assembly, Congress and Exhibition, have committed to a landmark environmental resolution as a further indication of how they wish to play their part in lowering aviation’s impact on climate change.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has calculated that aviation’s total CO2 emissions account for 2% of global emissions’ impact on climate change. Of that figure, airports’ own operations only account for up to 5%, but European airports are keen to tackle their greenhouse gas emissions – several individual airports operators having already committed to becoming carbon neutral in the past few years with some having already achieved this.

Today’s resolution by ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International - Europe) and all of its members builds on the recent summit declaration of ATAG (Air Transport Action Group) last April, which committed all aviation stakeholders (airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and engine manufacturers) to working towards carbon neutral growth. Furthermore, last November, a resolution calling for a series of environmental commitments for the world’s airports was also announced at the annual assembly of ACI WORLD.

ACI EUROPE and its 440 member airports, spanning 45 European countries and accounting for 90% of European commercial air traffic, have today taken these environmental commitments to the next level.

The annual Assembly of Europe’s airports has not only committed to reduce carbon emissions from airports’ own operations with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral, it has set out a roadmap for implementation with ACI EUROPE to establish, within a year, a European wide accreditation scheme allowing airports to achieve this commitment.