Greenhouse gas emissions are a big deal globally. The new Green Deal is pushing to try to change habits and ways of traveling, and aviation is seen as one of the most crucial sources for gas emissions. The tool used to calculate these emissions is the Airport Tracker, which is an online tool. It illustrates the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from passenger flights departing from the 1,300 airports around the world.
According to an analysis by experts from environmental NGOs International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), ODI and Transport and Environment (T&E), 27% of total emissions are provided by just 20 airports.
The airports that in 2019 generated the most greenhouse emissions were:
- Dubai airport: 16.6 million tonnes of CO2
- London Heathrow: 16.2 million
- Los Angeles International 15.3 million
- New York JFK 12.9 million
- Paris Charles de Gaulle 11.5 million
- Beijing 11.4 million
- Hong Kong 11.3 million
- Singapore 10.8 million
- Frankfurt 10.6 million
- Seoul 10.4 million
Brussels Airport generated 2.37 million tonnes, while Charleroi Airport 0.43 million tonnes.
However, the pandemic has accelerated the process of finding a new way of travel and since gas emissions are the source of 2.5% of the total emissions, aviation sources could be one of the serious obstacles to the Paris Agreement if a change is not achieved. However, sustainable initiatives continue growing and by 2030, the global aim of SAF aviation could be a reality.