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Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization enhance cooperation on environmental related initiatives


ACI World Director General Angela Gittens (right) and ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu signing a new MOU to enhance cooperation on environmental related initiates

Montréal, 6 October 2016 – Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have signed a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) for providing a framework for enhanced cooperation regarding environmental related initiatives.

The announcement was made yesterday evening by Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World, during a high level Reception at ICAO’s 39th ICAO Assembly co-hosted by ACI, the International Air Transport Association, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations.

The MOU will see ACI and ICAO working much more closely to implement new and improved programmes for greener airports worldwide, with greater information exchange, practical guidance for best practices at airports, joint environmental workshops and training supporting the ICAO No Country Left Behind and the ACI Developing Nations Assistance (DNA) programmes and new collaboration for the development of an ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Environment programme figuring prominently in the intended outcomes.

“This signing highlights the alignment of both our organization,” said Gittens. “Environmental protection is one of ICAO’s strategic objectives, while promoting airport excellence and building capacity in ACI World and Regions are both within ACI’s strategic objectives. Our respective goals align with the need to improve environmental related initiatives and promote the respective capacity building at airports worldwide.”

“The fostering of sustainable aviation growth through partnership with industry is part of ICAO’s key mandate,” said Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General, ICAO. “Environmental Protection is a strategic objective for ICAO, and our projects, initiatives and programmes in this area have a natural synergy with ACI’s. This MOU will enable both organizations to draw further on this synergy to enhance the effectiveness and resource efficiency of our efforts.”

Notes for editors
1. Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, click here.

2. A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.

3. The goals of ACI’s environmental initiatives are to promote aviation and airport sustainable developments, limiting or reducing environmental impacts while supporting economic and social benefits – the key to community permission to operate and grow at both global and local levels.  To learn more about ACI’s environment initiatives, click here.

4. For a PDF of this press release, click here.

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