Photo: Budapest Airport / Robert Baranyi

Budapest Airport joins European initiative for carbon-neutral aviation sector

Liszt Ferenc International operator Budapest Airport said it has signed the Toulouse Declaration setting the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions from the European aviation industry by 2050.

The Toulouse Declaration is the first time European governments, the European Commission, industry players, unions and other key stakeholders have come together to align their positions on the decarbonisation of the aviation industry, Budapest Airport said in a statement.

Airports have long been at the forefront of the industry’s transition to carbon neutrality, the statement said, adding that around 200 airports in Europe and some 400 airports worldwide have received carbon accreditation certificates. Budapest Airport was qualified as carbon neutral by the Airport Council International (ACI) for the fourth time last year, making it one of only 58 such operators worldwide, the statement said.

Budapest Airport CEO Chris Dinsdale said the operator had taken significant steps towards maintaining its carbon-neutral operation and achieving its sustainability goals in 2021 as well. The company last year reduced its carbon emissions to half of the level measured in 2011, with emissions per passenger down at one third of emissions ten years ago, he noted. Budapest Airport last year also set the goal of achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2035, the CEO said.

The company, which currently holds a 3+ carbon accreditation, said it has set the goal of earning a 4+ rating, the highest level awarded by the ACI.

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