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Over 200 European airports to deliver Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050

The UN Global Climate Action Summit taking place in New York today - ATTACHMENT

On the occasion of the UN Global Climate Action Summit taking place in New York today, the trade association for Europe’s airports, ACI EUROPE provided an update on the industry’s response to the Climate Emergency.

In June of this year, ACI EUROPE announced a landmark resolution committing its 500 members to reach net zero by 2050 for the carbon emissions under their control. As of today, that commitment has been undersigned by over 200 airports, reflecting their focus on a better way forward.

This commitment came alongside a call for the entire aviation sector to develop a long-term joint ambition & vision towards a net zero carbon emissions air transport system. This is needed to supplement the significant efforts already being made by the aviation sector under ICAO’s Basket of Measures, including CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation)– which will also be in the spotlight in the week ahead at the ICAO Assembly in Montreal.

The NetZero2050 pledge is further backed up so far by 203 airports run by more than 47 airport operators across 42 European countries - with each of them individually committing to the same objective. This marks another step change in the climate action of the airport industry. Based on Europe’s airports current traffic volumes (2.34 billion passengers welcomed in 2018) and estimated carbon footprint, this net zero commitment will eliminate a total of 3.46 million tons of annual CO2 emissions as of 2050.

Below attached to this AVIONEWS the complete version of the press release (three pages). 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency