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World-leading climate work at Stockholm Arlanda – the target is zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2020

Environmental issues have long been a priority for Stockholm Arlanda Airport, and efforts to implement climate-smart solutions have yielded results. Since 2009, Stockholm Arlanda’s work to reduce carbon dioxide emissions has been rated at the highest level of a European programme that assesses the environmental work of airports. The target is to have zero emissions of carbon dioxide from the airport’s own operations by 2020.

Swedavia, which owns and operates Stockholm Arlanda, has cut its emissions of fossil carbon dioxide at the airport by more than half over the past seven years. The airport’s buildings are warmed up with district heating from biofuel, and all electricity purchased is produced from renewable sources, such as biofuel, solar, wind and hydropower. The airport is also gradually replacing its fleet of vehicles with environmentally sustainable vehicles. 

An important goal for the airport is to also work with others to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from ground transport to and from Stockholm Arlanda – to make it smoother and easier to travel by train or bus. Naturally, the airport is also working in partnership with airlines to reduce the environmental impact from air traffic. 

Carbon dioxide emissions cap at Stockholm Arlanda is unique

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the only airport in the world that has a cap on carbon dioxide emissions in its environmental permit. This condition means that emissions from aircraft taking off and landing, from vehicular traffic to and from the airport, from internal vehicular traffic and from the heating of buildings may not exceed the level produced in 1990.

Compared to 1990, there are more passengers today flying on fewer planes from Stockholm Arlanda. The number of air passengers at Stockholm Arlanda has increased by about 35 per cent. Meanwhile, emissions from air traffic have fallen, but carbon dioxide emissions from vehicular traffic have increased. 

Emissions from heating and from internal vehicular traffic have decreased by 75 per cent since 1990. Vehicular traffic today accounts for more than half of the emissions under the emissions cap.