The announcement was made yesterday evening by ACI World's director general, Angela Gittens, during a high level reception at ICAO’s 39th ICAO Assembly co-hosted by ACI, the IATA, CANSO and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations.
The MOU will see ACI and ICAO working much more closely to implement new and improved programmes for greener airports worldwide, with greater information exchange, practical guidance for best practices at airports, joint environmental workshops and training supporting the ICAO No Country Left Behind and the ACI Developing Nations Assistance (DNA) programmes.
It also provides scope for new collaboration for the development of an ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Environment programme.
“This signing highlights the alignment of both our organisation,” enthused Gittens.
“Environmental protection is one of ICAO’s strategic objectives, while promoting airport excellence and building capacity in ACI World and Regions are both within ACI’s strategic objectives.
"Our respective goals align with the need to improve environmental related initiatives and promote the respective capacity building at airports worldwide.”
Dr Fang Liu, secretary general of ICAO, noted: “The fostering of sustainable aviation growth through partnership with industry is part of ICAO’s key mandate.
“Environmental protection is a strategic objective for ICAO, and our projects, initiatives and programmes in this area have a natural synergy with ACI’s.
"This MOU will enable both organisations to draw further on this synergy to enhance the effectiveness and resource efficiency of our efforts.”
The agreement follows the successful conclusion of Civil Aviation Week in Montréal, which included ACI-NA/ACI World's Assembly Conference & Exhibition and ICAO'S 39th triennial Assembly.