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07 October 2022

ACI World welcomes landmark long-term climate goal for aviation by world governments

Milestone agreement means States and industry can work towards a common goal within a clearly defined policy framework

Montreal, 7 October 2022 – As governments adopt a common goal of net zero carbon emissions for international aviation by 2050 at the 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said:

“The global aviation community welcomes this landmark agreement by States at the 41st Assembly of ICAO. This is a watershed moment in the effort to decarbonize the aviation sector with both governments and industry now heading in the same direction, with a common policy framework.

“However, this agreement doesn’t stop there. This is the launching point to accelerate collaboration between industry and governments—in line with our advocacy to be ‘#All4one Aviation Ecosystem.’ We now need regulators to support airports’ work to develop and implement their decarbonization action plans, as well as support increased collaboration among all stakeholders to increase the availability of renewable energy, finance, new technologies, to support capacity building, and to address operational and infrastructure adaptations.

“Air transport needs to decarbonize so it can continue to connect people, economies, ideas, culture, and business—providing substantial socioeconomic benefits—for generations to come. The world’s biggest challenges will also require people to come together like never before and aviation will continue to facilitate this while delivering its own sustainability goals.

“On a global scale, airports and ACI remain fully committed to reach this net zero goal and we look forward to collaboration across the aviation community to reach this. The road ahead will be challenging, but if we act and support each other as one aviation ecosystem, we can make this a reality. This is the sector that made humans fly, we can make this happen—with governments and industry working together.”

Notes for editors

  1. See ACI World’s key policy positions at the 41st ICAO Triennial Assembly.
  2. Access the ACI Working Papers and the #All4one Aviation Ecosystem campaign.
  3. Read the ACI World Long Term Carbon Goal Study.
  4. Discover more about the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme.
  5. Learn more about ACI’s environment and sustainability initiatives.

About ACI World

Airports Council International (ACI), 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 Organization. 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. As of January 2022, ACI serves 717 members, operating 1950 airports in 185 countries.

Media contacts

Adam Zampini
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Telephone: +1 514 373 1254

Sabrina Guerrieri
Manager, Communications and Publications, ACI World
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