Hermes Airports said on Wednesday the operator had signed a landmark commitment to become net zero for their carbon emissions by 2050.
The commitment concerns airport buildings, infrastructure and vehicles, not aircraft.
The resolution was signed in the morning at the 29th ACI Europe Annual Congress in Cyprus – the annual gathering for airport CEOs and senior level airline representatives across Europe.
This commitment was undertaken as part of ACI Europe, the trade association for the European airport industry, announcing a resolution formally committing the industry to achieve net zero by 2050, at the latest.
The collective pledge – further undersigned by 194 airports, operated by 40 airport operators across 24 countries – marks a significant step change in the climate action ambitions for the airport industry.
“At Hermes Airports, we are proud to undersign this commitment and unequivocally state our engagement. We have invested significantly in environmental management over the years,” said Hermes Airports’ CEO Eleni Kaloyirou,
“We take note of the recent IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report and of the shift in public perception of air transport. People are demanding more ambition from government, from business, from mobility and we are keen to deliver. NetZero2050 is not a promise we take lightly, and we are confident that through research & investment, knowledge exchange and partnership, we will be able to identify the best solutions to decarbonise our airport operations.”
Europe’s airports have been leading climate action with annual reductions announced every year for the past decade. Forty three have become carbon neutral, supported by the global industry standard Airport Carbon Accreditation.
“However, today’s commitment brings a new dimension to this – no offsets. Crucially, with its NetZero2050 commitment, the airport industry is aligning itself with the Paris Agreement and the new climate goal adopted just last week by the EU,” said Dr Michael Kerkloh, president of ACI Europe and CEO of Munich Airport.
The deadline of 2050 is aligned with the latest IPCC evidence and the decarbonisation strategy set out by the European Commission and adopted by the Council of the European Union.
The resolution remains open to additional signatories.