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Brussels, 6 December 2010

Vice-President Kallas welcomes Paris Airports' achievements in reducing CO2 emissions

European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, today commended Paris-Charles De Gaulle and Paris-Orly Airports for their carbon emissions reductions. At a ceremony, Vice-President Kallas presented Mr Pierre Graff, President and Director General of Aéroports de Paris, with certificates marking the airports' progress under the Airport carbon accreditation scheme, an industry led initiative, launched in June 2009.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice-President Kallas said: "In less than two years, 28 airports across 15 countries in Europe have signed up to the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme, putting sustainability at the heart of their transport policy." He congratulated the Airports Council International Europe on the success of its Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme, and welcomed the progress made by Aéroports de Paris in reducing CO2 emissions at Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly, which see a combined 83 million passengers each year. CO2 savings in the Paris airports amount to 6.000 tons per year - which is roughly the equivalent of the yearly emissions of about 300 average households."

Vice President Kallas added that the Commission fully supports industry initiatives of this kind. "We can only succeed in tackling climate change if the actions of regulators are complemented by individual citizens and businesses to move the European aviation system on to a more sustainable footing, in line with the historic agreement reached in the recent ICAO Assembly thanks to Europe's leadership".

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an annual carbon management certification programme established by the Airports Council International Europe, comprised of four progressive levels of accreditation: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.

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