Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) has announced that airports and other key industry stakeholders across the region have endorsed the Toulouse Declaration agreement to support the aviation industry’s net-zero 2050 goal.

It is claimed that for the first time the European governments, European Commission, the aviation industry and unions have formally come together for aviation decarbonisation through this declaration.

In a statement, ACI Europe said: “Airports have long been first movers in leading the challenge of decarbonising aviation. With almost 200 European airports now certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and close to 400 airports globally, our work to reaching net-zero carbon emissions for those operations under our control by 2050 continues to make tangible progress.

“European airports jointly made this public undertaking in 2019 and have since reconfirmed this goal with a number of airports publishing roadmaps taking them to this target by 2030 and a handful of trailblazers already there. They are also actively engaging with their business partners and stakeholders to advance decarbonisation of the broader air transport system.”

Launched by the French presidency of the EU, this public-private initiative is expected to support the establishment of the EU Pact for Aviation Decarbonisation and the UN’s ICAO global goal for international aviation that will be set later this year.

ACI EUROPE signed this declaration not just in its own right but also as a partner in the Destination 2050 aviation industry roadmap, which was launched last year by five aviation associations.

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The declaration was signed by more than 200 airports in Europe.

ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: “Each and every airport undersigning this declaration is making a tangible difference to our future as an industry, as an economy and as a society.

“They continue to demonstrate ambition, vision and excellence in their sustainable actions. I admire and applaud each and every one of them.”

In June 2021, ACI World and the five ACI regions established carbon goals for their member airports.

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

The aim of this goal is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.