Untill 2050, all European aerodromes have committed themselves to reducing CO2 emissions in the air untill 2050. Their representatives have recently presented a very ambitious project in which they are committed to reducing their emissions to zero of carbon that is under their control over the next 30 years.
This decision took place at the Annual Congress and at the ACI General Assembly in Europe in Cyprus. This commitment came as a result of the “climatic emergency” and of the latest scientific evidence attesting to the global warming ratio of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This commitment also comes after an appeal to the entire aviation sector to agree and initiate a common goal of reducing CO2 emissions.
Moreover, ACI Europe insists that this is absolutely indispensable to compel the significant efforts already made by the aviation sector in ICAO’s Basket of Measures, including Corsia.
The commitment is supported by 140 airports in Europe that are run by 40 airport operators in 24 countries. This action marks an important change in the climate of the airport industry.
In 2018 there were 2.34 billion passengers in Europe’s airports. This commitment will eliminate about 3.46 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions until 2050.
Michael Kerkloh, president of ACI Europe and CEO of Munich Airport, said that “Europe’s airports have led to climate cuts with annual reductions announced each year over the past decade“. He added, “Today, 43 of these have become carbon-neutral, sustained by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation industry. However, today’s decision brings a new perspective without compromise“.
“Clearly, with NetZero2050’s commitment, the airport industry is in line with the Paris accord and the support of most airports in Europe.”
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, said: “The IPCC Special Report last October is unequivocal about the need to achieve zero zero emissions by the middle of the century. We need the involvement of all sectors of society to achieve this ultimate goal. It is therefore encouraging to see the airport industry volunteering important goals and we look forward to working with this vital sector“.
Europe’s airports are already implementing this commitment and many of them will end up with zero CO2 emissions well before 2050.
At present, there are already 3 airports in Europe with CO2 emissions 0: Luleå, Ronneby and Visby in Sweden.