by Josephine Cordero Sapién
10 Jan 2020
Fraport AG, which operates Frankfurt Airport, has once again been certified under the European Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA).
Since 2008 Fraport AG has made significant efforts to meet climate targets. Now, for the eleventh year in a row, Fraport has been given climate certification under the ACA programme. The programme, overseen by the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, looks at how well airports do in reducing their carbon footprint.
The programme consists of four climate certification levels for airports: mapping, reduction, optimisation, and neutrality. Independent auditors perform the assessments. Fraport once again achieved ‘optimisation’. Frankfurt Airport has cut its carbon emissions by more than 40 percent compared to 2001. That is equivalent to 127,000 metric tons.
There are currently 15 airports in Europe accredited with the ‘optimisation’ level. A further 51 airports in Europe are accredited for the higher ‘neutrality’ level, representing 26.2 percent of European air passenger traffic.
“We are making consistently good progress. Over the next ten years, Fraport intends to cut its CO2 emissions at Frankfurt Airport to 80,000 metric tons a year. The company is striving to fully reduce emissions and be CO2-free at FRA by 2050.”
To achieve this goal, Fraport AG will install the airport’s first large-scale photovoltaic system by mid-2020. It will be fitted on a new cargo warehouse in FRA’s CargoCity South. Furthermore, an ever increasing number of apron vehicles are being replaced by zero-emission alternatives. Fraport is for example testing two electric buses for passenger transport. The company also wishes to invest in both solar and wind energy with a goal of having all of the airport’s power requirements met from renewable sources.
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