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European airports double their pledge: 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030

June 15, 2017

As the 27th ACI EUROPE Annual
Congress formally kicked off in Paris this morning, the European airport
industry renewed its commitment to reducing airports’ impact on Climate change,
announcing it was doubling its carbon neutrality target for 2030.

 

BACKGROUND

During the COP21 climate negotiations in
December 2015, the membership of the European airport association ACI EUROPE
committed to having 50 carbon neutral airports by 2030.

ANOTHER POSITIVE STEP TAKEN IN PARIS

Announcing the new
commitment, Augustin de Romanet, President of ACI EUROPE and President &
CEO of Groupe ADP
said “Europe’s airports are fully behind the
objective of keeping global warming well below 2°C and aiming to reach 1.5°C.
For its part, the airport industry has already moved from words to actions a
while ago, through the independent carbon management programme, Airport Carbon
Accreditation*.

 

At the last count, of the 116
European airports that are certified under the Airport Carbon
Accreditation programme, 27 of them are now carbon neutral¹. This means
that we are already more than half way to our initial commitment.”

 

He added “So we thought we
could do even better
. And looking at how some have just stepped out from
the Paris Agreement, we thought that we definitely needed to do better.
So
I am extremely proud today to announce that we are doubling our commitment
ACI EUROPE and the European airport industry are now committing to have 100
carbon neutral airports
by 2030
.”

Today’s announcement
is supported by specific commitments by a further 26 airports in Europe, to
become carbon neutral.²

Niclas Svenningsen, who
heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Secretariat commented “Less
than two years ago here in Paris, 195 countries signed to Paris Agreement under
the motto of “We can, We must, We will”. Today’s announcement by ACI EUROPE
about its increased climate neutral ambition is very much in the same spirit
and sets a great example for other industries and sectors to follow. We at
UNFCCC welcome the continued efforts of the airport industry and support all
the airports that are taking action to combat climate change.”

LATEST REDUCTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

ACI EUROPE also released the latest CO2
reduction for the past year of certifications of the Airport Carbon
Accreditation
programme in Europe: 154,351 tonnes of CO2 saved –
equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 64,582 households over the course of a year.

With its 4 gradual levels The Airport
Carbon Accreditation
programme has certified some 190 airports across the
world in the past 12 months. Full details of the reduction achieved at Global
level will be released in September this year.

de Romanet concluded “For airports, carbon
management is as much about being at the forefront of corporate and social
responsibility as it is about business continuity. Climate change poses a
significant risk to the airport industry** – changes in rainfall, temperature
variations, sea-level rise, changes in wind patterns – all of these have
potentially severe implications for our industry, for the wider air transport
sector and for European connectivity.”