Airports Council International (ACI) World has launched its Sustainability Expansion Plan, funded by Montréal International with the support of the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, and the City of Montréal.

The plan sees continued investment in the city of Montréal, regarded by some as the world capital of civil aviation, and in the sustainability of airports as essential enablers of economic growth and prosperity, ACI said.

The Sustainability Expansion Plan strengthens ACI World sustainability initiatives that support its global airport membership in all disciplines of airport management and that align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also contributes to ACI World and its member airports’ commitment to reaching the aviation industry’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, supporting the sustainable growth of the sector and generating social and economic benefits for the communities it serves.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, director general of ACI World, said: “The plan represents an important milestone in the strengthening of ACI World’s sustainability initiatives that support our global airport members. Despite the difficulties faced by the sector in the last few years, the expansion plan ensures our long-term commitment with Montréal and its position as the world capital of civil aviation, providing employment and relevance to the whole aviation ecosystem.

“On behalf of ACI World, I thank Montréal International, its financial partners, and CEO Stéphane Paquet and his team who have been pivotal in this project. Together, through the investment in airports’ sustainability, we are accomplishing great things for the social and economic well-being of millions of people worldwide.”

Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montréal International, said: “Since the 1940s, Montréal has been recognised worldwide as a hub for civil aviation. The city’s fame in this sector is due in large part to international organisations such as ACI World that develop cutting-edge programmes like the Sustainability Expansion Plan launched today. We ought to be proud and grateful for such initiatives that help build a green and inclusive economy and demonstrate Montréal’s international organisations’ leadership in decarbonising our planet.”

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