Airports aim to become climate neutral

A partnership was launched at the UN climate talks in Paris by a group of airports to cut airport emissions. By 2030 50 airports in Europe alone aim to be carbon neutral.

The partnership was signed at COP21 in Paris by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Airports Council International (ACI), according to a news release. ACI developed the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, whereby airports measure, report and reduce their emissions through the use of energy-efficient lighting, cooling and heating systems, solar energy, climate-friendly ground transportation and a wide range of other.

As part of the partnership, ACI will support the UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, while the UNFCCC secretariat will support airport carbon accreditation. The two organisations will also develop a common work programme and communications plan to promote airport carbon neutrality.

In the past 12 months, 137 airports around the world have earned ACI’s “airport carbon accredited” status. This represents 31 per cent of global passenger traffic. There are currently 20 carbon neutral airports.

Last week the European airport industry announced at the UN climate talks in Paris its plan to increase the number of carbon neutral airports to 50 by 2030.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the aviation industry accounts for around 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Airport operations account for up to 5 per cent of that figure.

 

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