Europe's airports want to see big changes when it comes to emissions. A new goal has been set that would see net-zero emissions by 2050. Nearly 200 airports are joining forces to meet this goal and help to combat the impact of climate change. The goal is being seen as both lofty and essential.
Airports Council International (ACI) is also calling on Europe's airports to go the extra mile to combat climate change. It should be noted that airports throughout Europe are already leading the way when it comes to adopting climate-friendly standards. More than 40 airports in Europe are already carbon neutral as of 2019. However, all but three of the airports that are considered carbon neutral have been able to achieve this title without the use of carbon offsets. All three of those airports happen to be smaller airports that are located in Sweden. That means that major hubs in Europe still have a lot of work to do if they want to meet the deadline for net-zero emissions by 2050.
Many environmental advocates have been critical of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) due to the fact that it allows carriers to purchase emissions units. This makes it possible for carriers and hubs to essentially buy their way to having green reputations instead of actually putting all of the focus on reducing the output of C02 through cleaner practices. The new net-zero emissions goal for 2050 is being seen as a positive development that will inspire major hubs to adopt healthier practices and help to reduce the huge carbon footprint that is caused by the world of commercial air travel.