The President of Airport Council International (ACI), the umbrella organization of Europe's international airports, Dr Michael Kerkloh, said on Wednesday, June 26th that the body's new sustainability strategy aims to make airports carbon neutral by 2050.
Kerkloh, head of the organization that represents airports in 45 European countries, told a meeting of 300 aviation officials that Wednesday's launch of the strategy aligns European airports with the Paris climate accord. Climate change is to be placed at the heart of business decisions.
The goal does not include aircraft emissions, only the airports. Kerkloh said 140 airports had committed to achieving the net zero carbon emissions goal and that three Swedish airports had already reached the target.
The new initiative and commitment to dealing with the climate crisis is in line with other companies and leaders around the globe. Mass protests in many European countries are increasing and gaining momentum. Many festivals and supermarkets have undertaken to ban single-use plastics.
On June 12th, British Prime Minister Theresa May, stated that new legislation would be introduced. She said that carbon emissions in the UK would be reduced to zero by the year 2050. The commitment to reach zero per cent greenhouse gas emissions marked an increase from the previous 2050 target. The Climate Change Act agreed by MPs in 2008, promised to reduce emissions by 80% over the same period.
Kerkloh, who is set to retire at the end of 2019, appeared to agree with the urgent calls from scientists and environmental activists over the years. Achieving the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 was "an absolute must" for all industries, he said.