Remarks

New sustainability strategy guides airports towards enhanced societal value

The 29th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress in Cyprus, ACI EUROPE launched the first ever comprehensive Sustainability Strategy for the airport industry.

By 
Olivier Jankovec,
Director General
ACI EUROPE

Times have changed. Economic disruption, rising inequality, depleted resources, new societal values and political dynamics mean that airport operators are facing a new imperative: putting their societal purpose at the heart of their business strategy. This is about embracing a new Business-to-People paradigm. This comes with the need for airports to maximise the added value they provide to society – including through enhanced engagement with their communities and other stakeholders.

“This strategy is about scoping what sustainability means and involve for airports, identifying pathways for progress as well as defining metrics and enablers. In doing so, ACI EUROPE is providing airports with concrete guidance on how to move towards more sustainable operations. Our ambition is for this strategy to drive positive change over time – and we look forward to seeing how it is interpreted and implemented in the years to come.

The ACI EUROPE Sustainability Strategy is based on the following shared vision of the sustainable airport of the future: Every airport builds local and global partnerships to accelerate the journey towards fair, prosperous and environmentally responsible societies.

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