November 29 2021  |  Airlines & Airports

ACI World renews commitment to sustainable aviation

By Wendy Morley

Airports Council International (ACI) World has renewed its commitment to aviation sustainability and called on regulators to support the airport industry in achieving its social, environmental and economic sustainable development goals.

A key resolution, approved at November’s ACI World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) in Cancun and which supported the ACI World annual conference’s theme of sustainability, outlined the next steps on the sustainable development of the aviation ecosystem.

It recognized the need to promote restorative development by reducing and addressing risks and increasing airports’ social and economic benefits by properly balancing them with the environmental aspects of the business.

Noting the impact of Covid-19 on the entire aviation sector and the importance of collaboration among aviation and non-aviation stakeholders, ACI World reaffirmed the industry commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050; to embrace technology and innovation; to work to meet public expectations and societal values; and to protect biodiversity and prevent wildlife trafficking.

The resolution resolved to encourage airport operators to continue to develop their voluntary airport decarbonization action plans and incorporate sustainability at the core of their business strategies. Furthermore, it called on governments and stakeholders to support and work in collaboration with the airport industry to achieve its social, environmental, and economic sustainable development goals.

“The outcomes of the ACI Latin America and Caribbean/World Annual Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition have demonstrated the sustainability leadership of the airport industry,” said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira. “ACI was the first global aviation organization to commit to a 2050 net zero carbon goal on 8 June 2021 and our membership reaffirmed this commitment at the 31st WAGA in Cancun, Mexico.”

At the conference’s closing and handover ceremony, ACI World announced that Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) will be the host of next year’s annual conference taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from October 24-26, 2022.

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