21 DECEMBER 2015
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The European airport industry committed at this month's climate change discussions in Paris to raising the number of carbon-neutral airports on the continent to 50 by the year 2030.
Twenty of Europe’s 93 airports are currently carbon-neutral. To attain this status, a facility must emit no net carbon, which is often achieved by offsetting its emissions with some other clean energy source, for example replacing fossil fuels with solar panels.
The inter-governmental panel on climate change reported at the Paris talks that aviation’s total CO2 emissions amount to 2% of the global total, with airport operations accounting for up to 5% of that.
Europe’s 20 carbon-neutral airports include Avinor Oslo and Trondheim in Norway and Amsterdam Schiphol and Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Also on the list are Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Venice in Italy; Ankara Esenboga and ICF Antalya Airport in Turkey, and all 10 facilities operated by Swedavia AB in Sweden.
Airports Council International Europe president Augustin de Romanet, who is chief executive of Aéroports de Paris, said “Europe’s airports are fully behind the objective of keeping global warming below 2deg C.” www.aci-europe.org
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