European airport industry commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without the use of offset credits
In a resolution passed at its annual general assembly in Cyprus, trade body ACI Europe committed the European airport industry to becoming net zero for carbon emissions under its control by no later than 2050. The sector says it is responding to the Climate Emergency and acting upon the latest scientific evidence from the UN’s IPCC report on holding the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C. Based on current traffic volumes at European airports and the total estimated carbon footprint, the net zero goal requires the elimination of 3.46 million tonnes of annual CO2 emissions. The resolution, backed by 194 airports across 24 European countries, also calls for the entire aviation sector to develop a joint ambition, vision and roadmap towards a net zero carbon emissions air transport system.
The airports further call on governments at ICAO to accept the IPCC evidence and to establish a work plan aimed at approving a long-term carbon emissions reduction target and related roadmap at the 2022 ICAO Assembly.[...]
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