Destination 2050 at COP26 Glasgow

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Decarbonising aviation: Views from civil society and industry

Friday 12 November 2021 | 12:30 – 13:30 (CET)

Event to take place in a hybrid format live from Glasgow.

Aviation brings enormous benefits to society and economies and has grown in the past decade. With this growth, the environmental impact of the sector has increased and requires decisive action. This event brings together different stakeholders to give a snapshot of the current situation and present various solutions to address the sector’s CO2 emissions. In Sky Gods – the price of our love of flying, participants can view the choices and changes needed to decarbonise aviation. T&E and ODI will present a tool that visualises CO2 emissions of flights departing from airports around the world. Europe’s aviation sector will discuss Destination 2050, its roadmap to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and its global dimension. 

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Joint statement from the DESTINATION 2050 Partners in response to the “Airport Tracker” app recently launched by T&E, ODI and ICCT

Brussels, 4 October 2021 – The challenge of sustainability in aviation can only be addressed with responsibility and effectively if it is understood in its full complexity. By attributing aircraft CO2 emissions to airports, the Airport Tracker is both factually incorrect and misleading.

Of course, Airports facilitate air transport and contribute to develop the air connectivity that brings people and businesses together, ensures the delivery of essential supplies and supports millions of livelihoods across the Globe. This is their key societal role. But airports are not the source nor do they have control over aircraft emissions.

Conversely, airports have direct control over those CO2 emissions that are generated on the ground by their facilities and equipment. Since 2009, they have been working to reduce these CO2 emissions through Airport Carbon Accreditation. They have also committed to achieve net zero for these emissions by 2050 at the latest. 10 Swedish airports operated by Swedavia have already achieved that goal with an additional 80 airports in Europe set to do so by 2030.

The Airport Tracker is also a static tool which ignores the ambition, commitment and efforts of European aviation to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. This work is on-going, jointly led by all main industry stakeholders represented by A4E, ERA, ASD, ACI EUROPE and CANSO, under the DESTINATION 2050 roadmap.

With DESTINATION 2050, the European aviation sector fully acknowledges its impact on climate change and shows it is working tirelessly and concretely to mitigate it. It is disappointing that T&E, ODI and ICCT have chosen to disregard this.

We call on T&E, ODI and ICCT to engage constructively with us to address the challenge of sustainable aviation, so as to both protect our planet and safeguard the societal benefits of air connectivity. This is a common challenge which requires all involved – industry, governments, civil society, consumers and citizens to work together cooperatively.