The event brought together key stakeholders from the EU institutions & Member States, EUROCONTROL, airlines, AIRBUS, NGOs, community representatives, and airports. The summit focuses on two main topics: the need to decarbonise aviation in line with the EU 2050 Climate Neutrality objective, and ways to achieve more sustainable airports. Opening the event, Jost Lammers, President of ACI EUROPE, said: “Our purpose with this high-level Summit is to bring together all stakeholders to play their part in responding to the Climate Emergency and aligning with the European Green Deal. The challenge we face in fully decarbonising aviation is daunting, as we have no silver bullet to get there. But there is no escape; the aviation sector needs to complement its current CO2 reduction targets with a long-term ambition for Net Zero.”
Within the context of its Sustainability Strategy for Airports, ACI EUROPE has pioneered a bold approach in setting industry targets aligned with the Paris Agreement and the EU Climate Neutrality objective. In June 2019, ACI EUROPE launched its ‘Net Zero 2050’ pledge which commits the whole European airport industry to eliminate the carbon footprint under its control at the latest by 2050. More than 200 airports have undersigned the Net Zero 2050 pledge, with a further eight announced at the Summit - Antwerp, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Birmingham, La Rochelle, Marseille-Provence, Newcastle, Ostend-Bruges, and Zagreb.