Brussels Airport will not emit any more CO2 by 2050
Together with 192 other airports from 24 different countries, Brussels Airport is signing up to the ‘NetZeroCarbon2050’ resolution from the ACI Europe airport association not to emit any more CO2 at the latest by 2050. During the 29th annual Congress of ACI Europe in Cyprus, the airport sector united behind very ambitious climate and other sustainability goals. This is fully in line with the sustainability strategy of Brussels Airport, which is anchored in the 2040 Strategic Vision. This vision of the future mainly aims to economically develop Brussels Airport with respect for the neighbouring residents and the environment.
The 193 airports will reduce their CO2 emissions to zero, thus taking a ground-breaking step in the climate plan of their own industry, in line with the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2 degrees.
Brussels Airport’s long-term vision commits it to developing the airport in a sustainable way. Every business activity, every project and all management decisions are tested against their impact on the environment and the climate.
With this conscious global approach, the airport reduces its carbon footprint every year. Thanks to numerous investments in energy management and the start-up of projects with external partners, Brussels Airport obtained the international certificate of a carbon neutral airport, or full CO2 neutrality of its own emissions (Airport Carbon Accreditation level 3+) in 2018. It is high time for the industry, but also for Brussels Airport as an individual player, to take the next step and achieve net zero carbon emissions without CO2 offsetting. Brussels Airport is convinced that this is a feasible plan, thanks to even more research and innovation, further investments, knowledge exchange and partnerships in our sector.
Net zero CO2 emissions is a pillar in sustainability
The ‘NetZeroCarbon2050’resolution is one of the pillars of the sustainability strategy that ACI Europe proposed at its Annual Congress. Brussels Airport was one of the airports to constitute the core team that wrote the sustainability strategy of ACI Europe.
The Airport Business District must become a vibrant ecosystem of its own, where large companies mingle with start-ups. With room for biodiversity and greenery. With room for innovation and new activities.
As part of its Strategic Vision 2040, Brussels Airport Company has put together a Quality Board to provide guidance to the company in the conception and design of ambitious planning projects and of the airport’s public spaces.