Hamburg Airport becomes Germany’s first commercial airport to achieve CO2 neutrality

Hamburg Airport becomes Germany’s first commercial airport to achieve CO2 neutrality

THE WHAT? Hamburg Airport has become the first major commercial airport in Germany to achieve CO2-neutral operations, therefore satisfying the Airport Council International Europe (ACI) for certification of CO2 neutrality.

THE DETAILS Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, was issued the verification of achieving CO2 neutrality according to Airport Carbon Accreditation guidelines this month.

The biggest airport in Northern Germany is said to be building on its role as a pioneer in climate protection, with a press release stating, “building blocks of CO2-neutral airport operations are: reduced energy consumption, innovative technologies, conservation projects, and high quality offset certificates.”

THE WHY? Numerous internal measures and woodland projects were made in order to achieve the verification status, with Hamburg Airport continuously optimising its technical building infrastructure, for example with efficient ventilation and air-conditioning facilities, the expansion of the site heating network, and the conversion to LED lighting, which saves emissions through significant reductions in energy consumption in the terminals and on the operational areas.

Eggenschwiler said, “Despite the economic difficulties arising from the coronavirus pandemic, we have pursued our climate protection goals as a top priority. We are thrilled to be the first major airport in Germany to achieve CO2 neutrality.”

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