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ACI Report Shows Airports Have Progressed Towards Their Climate Goals Despite COVID-19

Airports Council International (ACI) has released the new annual Airport Carbon Certification Report, covering May 2019 to May 2021, showing that global airports have made progress toward their climate and carbonization goals despite the pandemic.

In a press release from the report, ACI noted that a healthy increase in participation was detected in all regions of the world in Years 11 (May 2019 to May 2020) and 12 (May 2020 to May 2021) of the programme. The increase has been combined into a single reporting period to help airports accommodate the pandemic situation.

The report brings an analysis showing that during the reporting period, 304 global airports were certified, compared to the tenth year, during which only 274 airports were accredited worldwide.

“Looking beyond the report’s timeline, with the COVID-19 pandemic starting in March 2020 to this day, 93 airports have been certified for the first time, and another 61 are progressing to a higher level of the program. This upward trend is tangible evidence that airports are investing actively to rebuild better despite being hit hard by the ongoing pandemic,” the ACI notes in the report.

According to this report, ACI announced that after completing its twelfth year, carbon dependence at airports has grown and developed.

The Director General of ACI EUROPE, Olivier Janković, was pleased to see the growth of European airports in climate action within the framework of the carbon adoption of airports.

“Our region now has nearly 200 certified airports – an excellent achievement and a leading example in terms of building the collective momentum for carbon reduction,” he said.

He also added that the adoption of the Toulouse Declaration marks an important point in their unwavering commitment to decarbonization and that stakeholders must help the industry transform in line with its ambitious goals.

In 2020, airport carbon certification introduced the first major structural change to the program since the beginning of 2009. Moreover, the program has gone beyond the historic moment when 300 airports were certified worldwide at a time when the pandemic was at its peak.

On Friday, February 4, the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union held its Aviation Summit in and from the French city of Toulouse to discuss the future of European aviation and, in particular, its path towards decarbonization.

The summit adopted a landmark declaration on aviation sustainability and future decarbonization, supporting European aviation’s goal of achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

During the summit, the declaration was approved by ACI EUROPE as well as 250 European airports.

Today in Europe there are around 200 accredited airports, and the commitment along with their work can be measured by the constant pursuit of the highest levels of accreditation.

Toulouse-Blagnac is one of the last airports to reach 3+4 level of neutrality, followed by Luxembourg Airport.

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