Dublin and Cork airports operator DAA, Shannon Airport, Ireland West Airport Knock and Belfast City Airport have all signed up to the Toulouse Declaration on Future Sustainability and Decarbonisation of Aviation.
According to a statement published on Dublin Airport's website, the declaration was announced at a European Aviation Summit in France this month, and recognises the need to take immediate action to decarbonise aviation while continuing to improve regional and global multimodal connectivity both in Europe and around the world.
The statement published on Dublin Airport's website included a statement from head of sustainability at DAA Andrea Carroll, in which she said, "DAA is delighted to add our name to the list of ambitious airports focussed on mapping out the steps towards a sustainable future for the aviation sector, and for the clients and economies that depend on it. Under this declaration, we are committed to accelerating our path to net-zero emissions in aviation, supporting measures related to technology and innovation as we all work towards a shared goal and a greener future."
Statement By Shannon Group CEO
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A statement announcing Shannon Airport's signing up to the declaration published on Shannon Airport operator Shannon Group website included a statement from Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine, in which she said, "Shannon Airport is a signatory to the ACI net zero 2050 pledge; signing the Toulouse Declaration reinforces this commitment to a net zero future. We are wholly committed to decarbonising our operations and are currently developing a carbon reduction plan that will map our journey to net zero."
Statement By Ireland West Airport Knock Managing Director
A statement announcing Ireland West Airport Knock's signing up to the declaration published on Ireland West Airport Knock's website included a statement from Ireland West Airport Knock managing director Joe Gilmore, in which he said, "The airport is delighted to join airports across Europe in signing up to the 'Toulouse Declaration', focused on mapping out the steps towards a sustainable future for the aviation sector. Under this declaration, the airport is committed to working collectively to support aviation’s green transformation and achieve a 'net zero' position by 2050."
Statement By Belfast City Airport Environment And Sustainability Manager
A statement announcing Belfast City Airport's signing up to the declaration published on Belfast City Airport's website included a statement from Belfast City Airport environment and sustainability manager Ian Nuttall, in which he said, "By providing vital connectivity to the UK and Europe for both business and leisure passengers, we know the value we add to the regional economy, but remain conscious of any operational impact.
"That is why, as a responsible business, we are dedicated to doing all we can to minimise our carbon footprint and play our part in the pursuit of net zero by 2050."
Nuttall continued, "Having already achieved Level 2 in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, Belfast City Airport aims to continue to work towards eliminating our carbon emissions, and our signing of the Toulouse Declaration will keep us focused on making that happen."
Statement By Director General Of ACI Europe
The statements published on all of the websites mentioned above all also included a statement from director general of ACI Europe Olivier Jankovec, in which he said, "Each and every airport undersigning this declaration is making a tangible difference to our future as an industry, as an economy and as a society. They continue to demonstrate ambition, vision and excellence in their sustainable actions. I admire and applaud each and every one of them."
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