International Airports Sustainability Declaration signed at Schiphol

Airports all over the world have agreed to join forces in the years ahead in order to become more sustainable. This is stated in the ‘Airports Sustainability Declaration’ which was signed by the aviation sector this afternoon during the international 2016 Airports Going Green conference at Schiphol.

The Airports Sustainability Declaration, an initiative of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, ties in with current developments such as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, COP21 and the ICAO convention on reducing aviation emissions.

The signatories declare as follows: Our ambition is to strengthen a system of sustainable and resilient airports, worldwide, through collaboration, transparency, innovation, and engagement. Together, we will ambitiously work towards our vision of airports voluntarily working together in a worldwide network to be socially, environmentally and economically prosperous and to be adaptable in the face of change.

We support and work to align our efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other key partners in the aviation sector. The Sustainable Development Goals will guide our sustainability ambitions with priority for our respective regional challenges.”

The full text of the Airports Sustainability Declaration can be found at http://www.aaae.org/aaae/AAAEDocs/Meetings/2016/10/161001/Airports-Sustainability-Declaration.pdf.

Joining forces

By increasingly working together, sharing successes and experiences, innovating and challenging their own organisations and business partners to think and act more sustainably, the airports intend to take significant action towards increasing their sustainability. They have lost no time and will make a start during the three-day international Airports Going Green conference at Schiphol. This week, almost 200 participants are exchanging knowledge and experience on aviation-related subjects.


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Carbon War Room, Centennial Airport, Chicago Department of Aviation, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Lithuanian Airports, London Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Aéroports de Montréal, Flughafen München, New York JFKIAT, Port of Portland, Aeroporti di Roma, San Francisco International Airport en Wayne County Airport Authority have all signed the declaration of intent.

About Airports Going Green 2016

From 31 October to 2 November, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will be hosting the Airports Going Green 2016 conference. This event, launched nine years ago by the Chicago Department of Aviation and the American Association of Airport Executives, is now an annual conference recognised as the aviation industry's premier sustainability platform.

In 2014, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol received the Airports Going Green Award for its sustainability programme and was the first hub airport to achieve the highest level in the Airports Council International CO2 benchmark.

For regular updates about Airports Going Green 2016, follow the conference on Twitter @AirportsGoGreen, #AGG2016 Facebook: Airports Going Green, LinkedIn: Airports Going Green Conference.

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