World leading at operating climate-smart airports
Environmental issues are of vital importance to Swedavia and something that we have diligently worked with for many years. Swedavia today is an international role model for developing airports with the least possible impact on the climate. The environmental impact of aviation is of critical importance to the development of the aviation industry and thus to our operations.
We take broad environmental responsibility at all our airports and give priority to our efforts in order to maintain our world-leading position in the work with climate change. The focus of our environmental work is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimise energy consumption and reduce atmospheric emissions and discharges to water from our own operations. We also work systematically with aviation noise.
Long-term environmental ambitions
Swedavia was one of the first major Swedish companies that chose to become climate-neutral. That means operations are run without contributing to global climate change. To offset the carbon dioxide emissions that it has not yet been possible to eliminate, Swedavia purchases certificates from projects in developing countries. In addition to leading to lower carbon dioxide emissions, these projects will also result in social and economic development in developing countries. The certificates guarantee an equivalent reduction in emissions through the projects under the framework for the UN’s work with climate change. In this way, we achieve carbon neutrality. The projects also meet the Gold Standard requirements for the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace.
In seven years, Swedavia has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60 per cent. Our Group-wide target is to achieve zero emissions of global carbon dioxide by 2020. This is in line with the aviation industry’s ambitions to cut global carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005 and to have carbon dioxide-neutral growth in the industry beginning in 2020. Swedavia has a number of targets linked to this long-term target, such as for the use of renewable energy and fuel. To achieve this long-term target, major conversion projects and investments in vehicles and energy efficiency will be carried out.
In 2011 carbon dioxide emissions totalled about 4,600 tonnes, which is 44 per cent lower compared to 2010. The reduction between 2010 and 2011 is due to reduced use of fuel oil for heat production in favour of renewable fuel as well as a decreased need for snow removal and de-icing during the winter.
The airports' environmental work
Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Göteborg Landvetter Airport