Trade association ACI Europe has announced that more than 200 European airports have committed to delivering net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

The net zero commitment update was provided by ACI Europe during the ongoing UN Global Climate Action Summit in New York.

A total of 203 airports that are managed by over 47 airport operators in 42 European countries have backed the NetZero2050 pledge.

Last year, these airports handled 64.3% of European air passenger traffic. In total, European airports served 2.34 billion passengers in 2018.

The pledge is part of ACI EUROPE’s Sustainability Strategy for Airports, which aims to tackle environmental, social and economic issues.

As of 2050, this commitment will help avoid 3.46 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: “Our NetZero2050 commitment builds on a strong record of carbon management and reduction by the European airport industry that has been well documented over the past decade.

Crucially, it means the European airport industry is aligning with the latest scientific evidence, the need to secure a +1.5°C future and the Paris Agreement.”

Jankovec added: “We are delighted to pass the mark of 200 airports individually and vocally committing to this goal, many thanks to the airports that have come on board over the past 3 months: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Liege, Luxembourg, Malta, Salzburg, Southampton, Turin and Toulouse-Blagnac. We expect more to join in the coming months.”