Munich Airport is stepping up its efforts to combat climate change by accelerating its Net Zero target, aiming to reach this milestone by 2035 instead of the originally planned 2050.
To achieve net zero, the airport is committed to reducing its scope one and two emissions, over which it has direct control, by at least 90 per cent. In addition, the remaining ten per cent of emissions will be actively and permanently extracted from the atmosphere as part of their sustainability initiative.
With the goal of Net Zero by 2035, the five-star airport is once again demonstrating its ambitions in terms of its climate strategy. Climate protection and sustainability are taken very seriously at FMG and implemented in the best possible way.
CEO of Munich Airport Jost Lammers also emphasised the great challenge of achieving the corporate goal of achieving Net Zero by 2035.
Lammers acknowledged the necessity for significant efforts in various areas but affirmed the airport’s commitment to undertake this task. According to him, motivated by its role as a green mobility hub, Munich Airport is committed to contributing to decarbonised aviation and advancing sustainability in the industry.
In a recent statement issued by Munich Airport, it was stated that to reach Net Zero, Munich Airport has devised comprehensive measures across four key areas: energy supply, airport-specific facilities and technical infrastructure, buildings, and the vehicle fleet. These initiatives aim to reduce the CO2 emissions from the base year of 2016, over which the airport has influence, by more than 90,000 tons.
Moreover, the airport is prioritising various measures. These include the utilisation of renewable natural gas, particularly biomethane, for its in-house cogeneration plant. Meanwhile, there is also a substantial focus on the widespread expansion of photovoltaics, procuring electricity from renewable sources, and establishing an additional power grid.
Munich Airport is committed to transitioning its vehicle fleet to electric drives, opting for alternative fuels, such as in the case of the airport fire department, where electric conversion is unfeasible. The current vehicle fleet at the airport boasts more than 500 electric vehicles.
In a bid effort to promote environmentally friendly aviation, Munich Airport also adopted a dual climate strategy aimed not only at reducing direct CO2 emissions but also at mitigating the climate impact beyond its immediate responsibility.
The airport has installed preconditioned air (PCA) systems in aircraft parking positions, enabling the avoidance of aircraft auxiliary power units for power supply and air conditioning. This strategic measure illustrates the airport’s holistic approach to environmental stewardship within the aviation sector.