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European Commission commends airports’ achievements in reducing CO2

En route to the EU Aviation Summit, taking place in Bruges, Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice President in charge of Transport, presented Brussels Airport with the certificate for its latest achievement within Airport Carbon Accreditation, at a ceremony in the presence of Belgian State Secretary for Mobility, Etienne Schouppe.

Airport Carbon Accreditation has established itself as the European standard for carbon management and reduction by airports. It is an independent, institutionally endorsed² annual certification programme, comprised of 4 progressive levels of accreditation: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.

Brussels Airport became accredited at the ‘Reduction’ level, thanks to its achievement in reducing its own CO2 emissions by over 10,000 tonnes of CO2, in the past year.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of European airports trade body, ACI Europe said “Brussels Airport is testament to the business transformation of airports here in Europe, for which mbitious environmental management is essential to delivering efficient and sustainable airport operations.”

He added “We are extremely grateful that Vice President Kallas is today recognising that through Airport Carbon Accreditation, Europe’s airports have already moved from words to action, when it comes to tackling their CO2 emissions.”

Presenting the certificate, Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Transport commented “In transport, sustainability is not an ‘optional extra’ – it has to come as standard.

"We can only succeed in tackling climate change if the actions of regulators are complemented by citizens and businesses taking action of their own. With over 550,000 tonnes of CO2 reduced so far,

I believe that Airport Carbon Accreditation is playing a crucial role in helping move European aviation onto a more sustainable footing in line with the historic agreement reached in ICAO thanks to Europe’s leadership."

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport said “the recent opening of our new water purification plant and our successful efforts towards Airport Carbon Accreditation demonstrate that care for the environment goes well in hand with the successful development of an international airport”.

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