Finavia sets its sights on zero

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Finavia, the operator of Helsinki airport, has decided to speed up its ambitious climate programme.

The aim of the programme is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions caused by the operations of all the company's 21 airports to zero by 2020. Through its airport network, Finavia is a key party to the commitment of European airport companies to have 100 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030.

At Helsinki, this goal will be reached this year, when the largest airport solar power plant in the Nordic countries is opened at the airport, and when airport buses start using renewable fuels.

The operations of Finavia's airports produced 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2016. The company has reduced its emissions by an average of 3% per passenger per year over the past ten years. The key activities under Finavia's climate programme include the deployment of wind power, airport vehicles fuelled by renewable diesel and the purchase of eco-friendly vehicles. Pellets and geothermal heat are being studied as heat sources and eco-efficient construction methods are also being adopted.

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