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North American Airports Welcome ICAO Commitment to Net Zero Carbon Goal

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today welcomed commitment from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to a Long-Term Aspirational Goal for global aviation to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“North American airports are leaders in climate action and sustainability,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “Last year, North American airports, along with airports from around the world, joined together in a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Today’s announcement by the ICAO General Assembly further encourages the whole of global aviation to move forward in that long-term goal together.  With the political will now set at a global level, it is imperative that governments, airlines, and airports work together to follow-through on commitments to fund essential infrastructure improvements and take other important steps to fulfill this ambitious goal.”

Since joining the Airport Carbon Accreditation program in 2014, nearly 60 North American airports have attained accreditation.  As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports commit to reducing their emissions by making investments in heating and lighting efficiency technology, electric, hybrid or gas-powered vehicles, public transport incentive schemes, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further emissions reductions. Airport Carbon Accreditation provides a unique common framework and tool for active carbon management at airports with measurable results.

In the United States, airports are working closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration, and other key stakeholders on climate action, including the U.S. DOT goal for net zero emissions for all U.S. aviation by 2050. Airports also look forward to working with U.S. DOT and FAA on the launch of an aviation green corridor between the United States and Singapore as announced last week by the U.S. DOT.

In Canada, airports have committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and have worked with Transport Canada and signed onto Canada’s Aviation Action Plan 2030, which sets a target of securing a 40 percent reduction.



About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at