ACI World celebrates Sustainability Expansion Plan launch in Montréal

By Kristiane Sherry |

Executives gather for the launch of ACI World’s Sustainability Expansion Plan

Airports Council International (ACI) World has launched its Sustainability Expansion Plan, a new strategy for its global airport membership that aligns with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Although funded by non-profit Montréal International with the support of the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, and the City of Montréal, the plan contributes to the world aviation industry’s collective goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The plan also sees continued investment in Montréal, the World Capital of Civil Aviation, and in the sustainability of airports as “essential” enablers of economic growth.

ACI World hosted a cocktail reception on 4 May at Montréal’s Place Ville Marie to mark the occasion, attended by government officials, and aviation and investment representatives. 

“The Government of Canada has made concrete commitments to strengthen our ongoing fight against climate change and play an active role in the transition to the economy of the future,” said Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. 

“The support granted to Airports Council International (ACI) World, to develop the Sustainability Expansion Plan, clearly illustrates this. 

“Thanks to our non-repayable contribution of $283,334, provided through our collaboration with Montréal International, the organisation will play a key role in promoting sustainable practices within the global aviation industry. 

“This project will also enable the metropolis to continue to shine on the international stage.”

‘An important step’

Martine Biron, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, added: “The Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec is proud to contribute to the Sustainable Development Programme implemented by Airports Council International (ACI) World, as it reflects Québec’s environmental and sustainable development values and objectives. 

“This expansion shows how international organisations operating in Québec can help develop and promote Montréal as the civil aviation capital of the world. 

“I would like to applaud ACI’s commitment to achieving sustainable development goals that will contribute to the future of civil aviation.”

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira.

Valérie Plante, Mayor of the City of Montréal, added: “ACI World’s Sustainability Expansion Plan is an important step in making airport operations greener. 

“As the civil aviation capital of the world, Montréal is proud to see ACI further support the green transition. 

“Aviation is a major contributor to global economic prosperity. Hence, its role in the development of a sustainable energy transition that also promotes the overall health of our ecosystem has never been more important.”

A ‘milestone’ in airport sustainability initiatives

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General of ACI World, said: “The Sustainability Expansion Plan builds on a long-standing cooperation with Montréal International and its partners, the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec and the City of Montréal. 

“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, added: “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.”

ACI, which comprises World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America and the Caribbean and ACI North America, represents the interests of airports during policy development.

As of January 2023, it has 712 members operating 1,925 airports across 171 countries. 

Last year, ACI World warned that it did not expect passenger air travel to rebound to 2019 numbers until the second half of 2024.


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