Environment & Carbon Management

Environment & Carbon Management

Airports have long been addressing sustainability issues, initially focusing on more local concerns such as noise, air quality, biodiversity and water management, but increasingly turning to more global environmental issues – namely the pressing question of our industry’s carbon emissions. In the process airports have had to satisfy an array of sometime contradictory requirements from local, national and European authorities, as well as other international institutions. Yet despite all these obligations a policy vacuum still remains. European airports require a clear policy direction at EU level as to where the priorities lie between the different environmental impacts. And simply capping aviation’s expansion would needlessly deny future European citizens the economic and social benefits that have shaped our world today.

On carbon emissions, ACI EUROPE has already taken the lead. Airport Carbon Accreditation is the European airport industry’s response to the challenges of climate change. Providing a common framework for carbon management with measurable goal posts, the programme has been endorsed and supported by a range of respected independent experts, and has the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality for Europe’s airport network.

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