IAG’s bold move complements the commitment of the European airport industry to achieve Net Zero for carbon emissions under their control by 2050. This airport industry pledge has so far been undersigned by 203 airports which individually committed to the same goal – these airports account for 64.3% of the continent’s air traffic.
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE said: “IAG’s new climate targets are excellent news and should be applauded. Collective industry leadership is crucial to maintain aviation’s societal relevance in the face of the Climate Emergency. While achieving carbon-neutral growth as of 2020 is an important and needed first step, we all need to go beyond that – and set a long-term ambition for Net Zero for the sector. Europe’s airports stand ready to help and support IAG in its endeavours, and we hope that other airlines will quickly follow its lead. But, beyond airlines, Air Traffic Management (ATM) must also get aligned and contribute. I am increasingly hearing voices downplaying the role that ATM can play in decarbonization – this is simply not acceptable. There can be no justification to defend the status quo.”