Munich Airport working towards climate neutrality

An initiative including Munich Airport has been presented to the European Commission on achieving net-zero across Europe’s aviation sectors.

The paper, titled “Destination 2050 – A Route to Net Zero European Aviation,” outlines how the European aviation industry is presenting a roadmap to making sustainable aviation a reality.

In 2019, over 200 European airports already pledged to deliver net zero airport CO2 emissions by 2050. Munich Airport was one of the first airports in Germany to sign the net zero carbon resolution.

More than 280 individual measures under this target have already been implemented successfully. The airport is investing substantially in expanding electric mobility. It already has a 38 percent share of electric and hybrid vehicles. Munich Airport was also the first major commercial airport to switch all of its apron lighting to energy-saving LED technology, it claims, which reduced energy costs considerably.

Munich Airport has been following a climate action strategy since 2009 and has been systematically reducing its CO2 emissions year after year with the aim of achieving CO2-neutral airport operations by no later than 2030. It is investing a total of €150 million between now and 2030 to help it achieve its climate targets.

While passenger numbers in Munich rose from 28.6 million in 2005 to 48 million in 2019, CO2 emissions per passenger were reduced by 46% in the same period. To achieve the set target of CO2-neutral airport operations by 2030, the emissions attributable to the airport will be progressively reduced by 60% and the remaining 40% offset through compensatory measures.

The long-term target is the complete reduction of all CO2 emissions to net zero carbon by no later than 2050. Between now and then, the intention is to make airport operations mostly CO2-neutral. Any CO2 emissions that are still produced at the airport by this date will then no longer be offset, but removed from the atmosphere by technological means.

Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport and President of ACI EUROPE, said: “Regardless of the enormous challenges we are currently facing due to the global pandemic and its consequences, the development toward sustainable air transport remains our most important project for the future. 

“With the initiative launched at European level and the extensive measures we have already implemented or initiated in Munich, we can also achieve our ambitious goals.”

  • image courtesy of Munich Airport

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