Brussels Airport commits to zero carbon emissions by 2050

posted on 26th June 2019 by William Hayes

Brussels Airport joined the resolution signed by 193 other airports at Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in Cyprus to reach net zero for carbon emissions by 2050.

The airports’ joint commitment to reducing carbon emissions to zero brings the industry in line with the Paris Agreement and the goal of most EU countries.

“Brussels Airport has been committed since 2011 to a major reduction in CO2,” said Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

“Since 2018, Brussels Airport has also been CO2 neutral according to the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme of ACI Europe.

“It is urgent that we, both as an industry and as an individual player, take the next step and implement zero CO2 emissions without CO2 offsetting.

Under the denominator NetZeroCarbon2050, 194 airports from 24 EU countries, with 40 different operators, have all individually committed themselves to net carbon emissions by 2050.

“We are convinced that this is a feasible plan, by virtue of research and innovation, further investments, knowledge-sharing and partnerships in our sector,” added Feist.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said: “The IPCC Special Report from last October is unequivocal about the need to achieve net zero emissions by mid-century.

“We need all sectors of society working towards this ultimate goal. It is therefore encouraging to see the airport industry voluntarily raising its ambitions and we look forward to working with this vital sector.”