Stockholm Skavsta reaffirms its sustainability goals

On the occasion of the second ACI EUROPE summit on the sustainability of aviation an d as part of the airport sector’s joint commitment currently subscribed to by 235 European airports, Stockholm Skavsta Airport, member of VINCI Airports network is reaffirming its objective of achieving net zero emissions throughout its network by 2050.

As the first airport operator to commit to an international environmental strategy in 2015, VINCI Airports is multiplying its actions to be exemplary in reducing its own CO2 emissions and to contribute to reducing air transport emissions, which represented 2.8% of global emissions in 2019. VINCI Airports is thus deploying concrete and immediate solutions that limit the impact of airports, which have already reduced the network’s carbon footprint by 22% between 2018 and 2020.

To reduce energy consumption, several levers are used: energy audits and deployment of energy management systems, replacement of traditional lighting with LEDs, renewal of heating/air conditioning equipment with more efficient appliances, or optimization of temperature settings or lighting.

In the same time, VINCI Airports is working to decarbonize the energy it consumes by, for example, producing its own solar electricity, with 17MWp already installed on its network, including 8MWp of green energy added in 2020 despite the crisis, or by renewing its technical vehicle fleets to switch to electric power.

VINCI Airports is  the first international airport group to have committed 100% of its platforms to the voluntary Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program of the Airports Council International, the only international greenhouse gas emission reduction program specific to airports. 24 airports have already reached level 2, which attests to an effective and sustainable reduction in CO2 emissions. Lyon-Saint Exupéry and London Gatwick airports have already received 3+ accreditation for carbon neutrality, and Guanacaste airport in Costa Rica has been recognized as carbon neutral by the NGO EARTH University. In Brazil, Salvador Bahia Airport was named the country’s “most sustainable airport” in 2019 by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).

Stockholm Skavsta Airport has reached level 1 in the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program and are now working to reach level 2.

Some examples of the environmental initiatives to reach carbon neutrality at Stockholm Skavsta Airport are:

  • Installation of LED lights all over the airport
  • Recycling of de-icing fluid (glycol) used at the airport
  • Building a wetland to protect the Nyköping River and Baltic Sea from polluted storm water
  • Improving and shortening the flight paths to reduce the fuel consumption for aircraft operating the airport
  • Planning for a solar farm at the airport area, to produce green locally produced power to operate the airport in the future
  • All airport staff actively thinking of saving paper and shut the lights, etc.

The next objective is to achieve carbon neutrality for all airports by 2030, followed by “zero net emissions” by continuing decarbonization actions and absorbing residual emissions through forest carbon sinks.

Read more about VINCI Airports’ sustainability initiatives here.

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