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All Finnish airports to be “decarbonised” by 2020

The airport operator Finavia looks to the future and reveals how it will achieve its ambitious climate programme.

Finnish airport operator Finavia says it aims to decarbonise its entire network of 21 airports as soon as the year 2020.

It was Helsinki Airport that set the pace for the others to follow, becoming carbon neutral last August. It was subsequently awarded with the international Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate, one of 37 airports in the world that have one.

There should be 100 carbon-neutral airports in Europe by the year 2030, according to EU targets, and one in five of these will be in Finland, Finavia forecasts.

But the operator’s more ambitious goal is to make all of its airports carbon neutral already by 2020, ten years ahead of the European commitment.

On a practical level, this will need ongoing and extensive reviews of Finavia’s operations, continuous improvements in its emissions efficiency and the offsetting of residual emissions.

How it’s done
The Finnish airport operator says its climate programme consists of a number of measures that will help to push down carbon dioxide emissions.

These include the use of wind power and solar power plants, airport vehicles fuelled by renewable diesel, buying eco-friendly vehicles, a substantial increase in LED lighting, and the use of pellet fuels and geothermal energy as heat sources.

Finavia is also aiming at offsetting and purchasing emissions units from voluntary markets, eco-friendly construction including BREEAM certification for new terminals – and ensuring that the other companies operating at the airports are also committed to cutting their own emissions.

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