The declaration was made today by Aéroports de Paris (ADP) and Air France-KLM in conjunction with the Association of French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS).
They claim that the pledge and outlned action plan are consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations.
The action plan includes an increase in the use of sustainable alternative fuels, improved operating performance and developed airport infrastructures.
Specficially, ADP aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of its airport infrastructure by 50% per passenger between 2009 and 2020, while at the same time developing traffic.
It is also promising to improve its energy efficiency by 1.5% per year over the period 2016-2020, which represents about 15% between 2009 and 2020
And has agreed to establish its share of renewable energy in the final consumption of its airports at 15% in 2020.
Air France - KLM's environmental commitment extends to reducing CO2 emissions from its flight operations by 20% by 2020 compared to 2011.
It has also pledged to improve the energy performance of its fixed installations by 20% by 2020 compared to 2011 and involve all players to promote the creation of a biofuel industry for air transport in France and the Netherlands.
GIFAS committed to converging technological innovations from the CORAC (Council for Civil Aeronautics Research) in a bid to ensure that new aircraft achieve a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and 75% in 2050 (reference year 2000).
Other goals include supporting the European Commission’s objective of producing two million tonmes of aviation biofuels in 2020 and continuing to reduce the carbon footprint of their sites and industrial activities at each stage of the lifecycle, involving the whole sector.
The joint commitment was signed at the Paris Air Show by ADP chairman and CEO, Augustin de Romanet; Alexandre de Juniac, chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, and Marwan Lahoud, chairman of GIFAS, in the presence of French ministers, Laurent Fabius and Ségolène Royal and IATA president, Tony Tyler.