24 January 2023
Today in Brussels, at the European Parliament, the event "Decarbonising the aviation sector: Aeroporti di Roma presents an Italian best practice" was held, sponsored by ADR to deepen at the European level the scope of the "Pact for the Decarbonisation of Air Transport", the observatory created by the management company of the capital's airports which has the aim - also through the support from experts from the academic world - to promote and accelerate the achievement of the sector's sustainability objectives in the context of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda, taking as a reference the goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050.

Brussels, 24 January 2023 – The Pact is made up of a Steering Committee which includes representatives of institutions, trade associations, large Italian companies and associations for sustainability and was presented for the first time last April to the Italian institutions at the Chamber of Deputies, with the patronage of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security and ENAC. On 21 September 2022, the first Annual Congress of the Pact for the Decarbonisation of Air Transport was held at the Leonardo da Vinci airport. The industry's response was prompt. It is currently a unique international case demonstrating the maturity of a sector that, thanks to the guidance of ENAC and the relevant ministries, intends to ensure its solid contribution to Italian and European decision-makers, above all in consideration of the complexity of the public policies to adopt. Identifying the path to reach the targets without depressing the sector will be essential by encouraging investments in research and development through measures capable of reducing emissions, such as biofuels, the use of renewable sources, new technologies for aircraft propulsion and the development of intermodality.

Given the European context in which the European Union is engaged in a set of strategic initiatives which aim to start the EU on the road to the green transition, intending to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, Aeroporti di Roma has deemed it essential to present the Pact Manifesto also in Brussels, together with some members of the Steering Committee, showing how the actors are committed to supporting the decarbonisation of the entire sector.

“The decarbonisation of aviation is an indisputable priority to ensure the 'just' development and transition of the entire industry and access to mobility for citizens. The sector today produces less than 2% of global emissions and has already been strongly committed to reducing its emissions for years to achieve ever higher levels of sustainability. But the isolated contribution of individual companies is not enough. This is why we have promoted the Pact, created to define a roadmap for decarbonisation and is also useful for framing the necessary enabling policies. After having convened last September in Rome, we are now presenting it in Brussels, convinced that a zero-emission aviation sector is possible, but only within the right timeframe and with the contribution of all stakeholders. To meet the decarbonisation targets, it will be necessary to pursue a multi-approach strategy that includes a variety of technological solutions. In the short term, the most advanced option is biofuels. SAFs, as they can be used without any technical modification of aircraft, infrastructure and refuelling means” commented the CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, Marco Troncone who spoke in Bruxelles.

Also attending the event were: Ambassador Stefano Verrecchia, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU, Claudio Eminente, Head of ENAC Economic Planning and Infrastructure Development Central Directorate, Henrik Hololei, Director General DG Move, Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI Europe, Alessandra Moretti¸MEP ENVI Committee of the European Parliament, Filip Cornelis, Director Aviation DG Move and Thomas Reynaert, Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E).

Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and carries out other activities related and complementary to airport management. Fiumicino has two passenger terminals and is dedicated to business and leisure customers on national, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express couriers and General Aviation activities. In 2019, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 49.4 million passengers with over 240 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome, thanks to the approximately 100 airlines operating in the two airports (In 2021, following the effects induced by Covid-19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded just 11.7 million passengers, whilst Ciampino airport closed the year with 2.3 million passengers). Over the past five years, Aeroporti di Roma has received numerous awards, recognitions and quality certificates. Among these recognitions are the AIRPORT SERVICE QUALITY AWARD, awarded by ACI World for the category of European airports with more than 40 million passengers per year for the years 2017 to 2021 for the high level of passenger satisfaction, and the ACI EUROPE BEST AIRPORT AWARD, category of airports with more than 40 million passengers per year for the years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022: the award, in this case, rewards the achievement of excellence in several disciplines, including security, operations, infrastructure, community relations, environmental awareness and customer care. Thanks to these achievements, in 2022, ACI World included ADR in the "Director General's Roll of Excellence", a roll of excellence to which only 64 out of more than 18,000 airports worldwide belong for the high levels of quality offered to their passengers. Since 2017 SKYTRAX has awarded Aeroporti di Roma the 4 STARS AIRPORT RATING, a certificate of excellence for guaranteeing passengers the best possible experience. In 2018, Skytrax also awarded ADR WORLD'S MOST IMPROVED AIRPORT on the assessment of services experienced by passengers at various airports around the world. In 2022, ADR received the BEST AIRPORT STAFF IN EUROPE award from Skytrax for meeting customer service staff's precise parameters of friendliness and efficiency at the air terminal. During the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, Aeroporti di Roma distinguished itself with numerous health and safety awards: from ACI the AIRPORT HEALTH ACCREDITATION by ACI World on compliance with health measures and protocols for 2020 and 2021, AIRPORT HEALTH MEASURES AUDIT PROGRAMME - ACI BUREAU VERITAS for 2020 on the effective implementation on the field of measures to combat COVID-19,  by Skytrax COVID-19 SKYTRAX AIRPORT RATING 2020 on the efficiency of procedures and the COVID-19 AIRPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD 2021 for high health, hygiene and safety protocols during the pandemic. The RINA organisation also awarded Aeroporti di Roma the BIOSAFETY TRUST CERTIFICATION in 2020. ADR also distinguished itself in terms of sustainability by receiving the LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 2020. In 2021, linked to the SESAR - Single European Sky project, the ACI EUROPE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AWARD was awarded, recognising the airport's investment in the brand new Airport Operation Centre and the implementation of the innovation model centred on Open Innovation. In 2022 Plug and Play Tech Center, the largest private investment fund in Silicon Valley awarded ADR the "Corporate Innovation Award" for its commitment to promoting open innovation initiatives and building an innovative "airport of the future".



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