On 26 June 2019, Brussels Airport signed the resolution of airport organisation ACI Europe to reduce its net CO2 emissions to zero and become a ‘net zero carbon airport’ by no later than 2050.
Brussels Airport has already achieved level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme for six years running, and in 2018 reached the highest attainable level: level 3+, or complete CO2 neutrality of our own emissions (scope 1 and 2). We were granted this accreditation because we have already substantially reduced our CO2 emissions and compensated for the remaining emissions in various ways, including carbon off-setting projects to combat deforestation in Africa. These cover emissions of scope 1 and 2.
And now, together with 193 other airports in 23 countries, we are taking it a step further. We want to achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2050! In this way, we are contributing, as sector, to keeping global warming below 2 degrees, as agreed in the Paris Agreement.
"It is high time for us, both as industry and as individual player, to take the next step and go for net zero carbon emissions without offsetting."
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
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 that formed the core team that wrote the sustainability strategy of ACI Europe.
This strategy is, based on the 17 Sustainability Objectives of the United Nations, as is the case for sustainability strategy of Brussels Airport Company.
"Airports form an important economic eco-system in society. In addition to limiting the environmental impact of our activities, we must also ensure positive progress in, for example, mobility, prosperity, sustainable jobs and diversity", continued Arnaud Feist.
Within the framework of its sustainability strategy, Brussels Airport has identified 5 areas in which considerable progress can be booked in the short term.
Reduction of ground noise and improving local air quality
Building sustainable infrastructure
in the workplace
Improving the modal split