Airports Council International (ACI) World and the five ACI regions have set a long-term carbon goal for their member airports to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) set a 2050 net-zero emissions target.

ACI called decarbonisation a critical global issue, which requires a global response to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Its move is said to be a key part of the aviation sector’s contribution towards this global objective.

It has also urged governments to offer the necessary support in this global effort.

The council’s carbon goal is related to the emissions, which are under airport operators’ direct control.

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The new long-term carbon goal has been set based on ACI EUROPE’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 launched in June 2019.

This carbon goal is aimed at supporting the decarbonisation initiatives of airports to address the climate challenge.

The five ACI regions include ACI Europe, ACI Latin America and Caribbean, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific and ACI North America.

ACI world director-general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “The climate crisis requires bold action at the local, regional and global level and the goal we have set for airport members will help to drive action and identify common challenges and opportunities that can be tackled together.

“We set out to work with all ACI Regions and our membership globally to establish a net-zero goal at a global level that airports can commit to reaching and we urge governments to provide the necessary support for this crucial endeavour.

“The sustainability of the whole aviation sector is crucial for the present and future of the industry, it is our passport to a return to growth and the industry has invested billions in measures and practices that have made significant progress in reducing its environmental impact.”