A climate-neutral company runs its operations without contributing to global climate change. The company works systematically to calculate its carbon footprint and gradually implement measures in its own operations. Emissions that still remain are offset through international climate projects, where equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide are reduced.
An important part of Swedavia’s work involves mapping greenhouse gas emissions and implementing measures to reduce them. Investments in climate-smart solutions have also yielded results. Since 2005, Swedavia’s emissions of fossil carbon dioxide have fallen by 74 per cent. A number of concrete measures over the years have helped to reduce emissions.
- all electricity purchased and used in operations is “green”,
- environmentally classified cars are chosen in the purchase and leasing of passenger cars,
- biofuel has replaced oil in the heating of airport buildings.
To achieve climate neutrality, Swedavia buys certificates from projects in developing countries. The projects are aimed at reducing emissions in developing countries. As a result, Swedavia offsets the emissions it has not yet reduced through its own measures.
These projects are known as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and are accredited by the United Nations. They are also certified under the environmental movement’s Gold Standard (see explanations below).
Through a service here on our website, you can offset your flight’s greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to these projects. See the links on this page under the heading “Carbon-offset your trip”.
How Swedavia calculates its emissions
All calculations of Swedavia’s emissions of fossil carbon dioxide are made in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which divides up the activities that produce emissions into three areas. What area an activity belongs to depends on what control Swedavia has over the activity.
Emissions are offset in three different areas
- Area 1. Direct emissions from resources owned or controlled by Swedavia.
- production of electricity and heating
- transport of materials, products, waste and of employees in Swedavia’s own vehicles.
- Area 2. Indirect emissions connected to the production of electricity or district heating purchased.
- Area 3. Other indirect emissions connected to Swedavia’s own business travel.
CDM stands for Clean Development Mechanism and is a system developed by the UN under the Kyoto Protocol. The system was designed so that industrialised can take their responsibility for the climate in a verifiable way and help developing countries economically to achieve sustainable development.
The CDM Gold Standard is a more advanced standard, developed by some 80 international environmental organisations, including WWF International and Greenpeace International. The label also entails additional requirements for social responsibility, benefits for local communities and sustainability.
The GHG Protocol is an international standard for greenhouse gas emissions. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol was developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).