The Finnish Airport Operator, Finavia Corp., is developing the eco-efficient operations of its airports. This also refers to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
Emissions caused by Finavia’s largest airport, Helsinki Airport, clearly declined in 2011. As a result, the airport was accepted into the second level of the international Airport Carbon Accreditation emission reduction programme. The reduction in emissions was achieved by cutting the airport’s energy consumption by replacing terminal heating and lighting systems, for example.
In 2011, Helsinki Airport cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 2,474 tonnes compared to the previous year, and the emissions totalled 19,895 tons. This corresponds to an emissions reduction of 0.4 kg per passenger, or the amount of fuel transported by 23 container trucks.
Air traffic amounts to two per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. About five per cent of this is caused by airport activities.
“Even though this is a relatively small share in the entire sector’s emissions, Finavia wants to contribute to emissions reduction at its airports”, says Mikko Viinikainen, SVP Environmental Management at Finavia.
This deals with concrete steps: the achieved emissions reduction was implemented by making the airport’s energy consumption more efficient, by adjusting the heating system, optimising the lights and by providing the staff with training on economical driving habits.”