The Finnish Airport company Finavia has achieved carbon neutrality at all its airports this year after having worked towards this goal for a long time. The company said its next target is zero emissions. Henri Hansson, Finavia’s SVP and technical director, who is responsible for company’s sustainability commented: “We have worked hard to cut emissions resulting from our own operations and do our part in reducing emissions from air traffic. All our 21 airports have achieved carbon neutrality this year. The reduction of the carbon footprint of our Lapland Airports has now also been recognised with an international ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) certification. Helsinki Airport was already certified in 2017.”
According to Mr Hansson, CO2 emissions per passenger at the airports have fallen by 68% over the past ten years thanks to measures taken by Finavia to curb climate change. Between 2007 and 2018, CO2 emissions per passenger fell from 2.2 kg to 0.7 kg.
“We only use wind power. Helsinki Airport also has its own solar power plant on the terminal roof. At Helsinki Airport and Lapland Airports, the fuel for our ground fleet vehicles has been replaced with renewable diesel produced from waste and residue.”
At regional airports, Finavia uses renewable sources of energy, such as pellets, for heating when possible. Half of them are heated using Finnish wood biofuel.
Finavia has offset the remaining emissions, which consist of emissions such as those resulting from company’s business travel. This way, Finavia has been able to achieve carbon neutrality. Now, the share of emissions that is being offset is 45%.
Talking about future measures, Mr Hansson added: “We are constantly working to reduce emissions by taking practical measures such as increasing the use of renewable sources of heat as well as renewable diesel and acquiring electric cars and electric ground fleet vehicles for our airports.”