Copenhagen Airport will be certified CO2 neutral in the coming week, based on a project employing climate compensation.
Copenhagen Airport has announced that it has reached a milestone in its climate strategy with its certification as a CO2-neutral airport with respect to emissions from its operations, though it notes that this does not include shops, restaurants, airlines and other companies located at the airport or operating from the airport.
The achievement is the result of a large-scale climate project in the country of Laos, in cooperation with the international NGO Nexus for Development, which will compensate for the CO2 emitted by the airport.
Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) is responsible for the certification.
According to Jesper Theilgaard, a meteorologist and climate advisor, this a great “stop-gap solution”.
“Climate compensation is the best solution right now, together with a strong focus on energy efficiency. The international community has an urgent responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions because the climate cannot wait for us to finish our discussions or invent new technological solutions. The climate needs action right now. So it doesn’t matter whether it’s CO2 in Denmark or in the rest of the world,” says Theilgaard.
In Laos and beyond
Copenhagen Airport chose to invest in a climate project in Laos that set out to ensure the production and distribution of energy-efficient stoves.
The company claims it was looking for a project which could achieve more than just climate compensation. The project in Laos, in which the airport finances the training and education of local people in the production of the climate-friendly cookers, is intended to lead to benefits in terms of health and the local community, as well as climate.
Even though Theilgaard believes that climate compensation is the best stop-gap solution, he also stresses how important it is for companies not to stop there.
“It goes without saying that climate compensation must not be a one-off and it’s important for it to be the right kind of compensation. Afforestation and efficiency improvements are good methods, while CO2 quotas are one of the worst,” says Theilgaard.
The airport says this is consistent with its climate strategy, which is focused on finding additional solutions for the future.
“We are also working on coming up with new sustainable fuels and finding new ways of limiting emissions, using both existing and new technology. Our ultimate goal is for the airport’s operations and ground transport to be emission-free by 2030, and for the airport to be free of all CO2 emissions by 2050,” says Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport.