Vantaa, Finland, Finavia, the operator of the Helsinki airport decided to speed up their ambitious climate program. And they have a great step which they are going to take for the fulfillment of this program. Their great aim is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions caused by the operations of all the company’s which own 21 airports and they want it to become zero in the year 2020.
Though it is the fact that its airport network, Finavia is the key party to the commitment of European airport companies to have 100 carbon-neutral airports in Europe by 2030.
If we look at their success then the Helsinki airport already reached its goal in 2017, when the largest solar airport plant in the Nordic countries is opened at the airport, and the good news is that the airport buses start using the renewable fuels. Wow, this is the great ever step because we need clean atmosphere which is toxic free and they did it successfully.
Finavia also encourages the stakeholders to give feedback on the company’s sustainability actions. Finavia will also increase the use of the renewable energy at its other finish airports, for example, they will use bioenergy and geothermal heat. And they will go a step forward and used significantly increase the use of the renewable energy fuels in the ground vehicles also at the Helsinki airport during 2017.
The buses which will be traveled between terminal and aircraft will only use the fuel which will be produced by the waste and residue. And their small airport vehicles are already powered by electricity. Finavia main goal is that the other companies follow their footstep and engage their companies in using the renewable fuels.
We can look at the success of Finavia by this fact that in the year 2016 their emissions which were produced by its airport is 32,000 tons of carbon dioxide and in this year they cut it down to the three percent per passenger per year.
The key activities of the Finavia airport in the year 2020 are:
- Use of wind power
- Construction of a solar power plant
- Airport vehicles powered by renewable diesel
- Purchase of eco-friendly vehicles
- Significant increase in LED lights
- Use of i-e, pallets and geothermal heat as heat resources-compensation
- Emissions units from voluntary markets
- Eco-efficient Construction e.g. BREEAM certification-engaging other companies operating at airports to reduce their emissions.