Swedavia achieves net zero emissions across its ten airports

ACI Europe welcomed the announcement, but stressed that decarbonisation has been made more difficult by the pandemic

Swedish airport group, Swedavia has announced that all ten of its airports, including the Stockholm/Arlanda hub, have achieved net zero CO2 emissions across all operations.

ACI Europe welcomed the announcement, highlighting it as a world first for the industry.

Swedavia has therefore become the first company to align with the European airport industry pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
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The group has mapped out its next steps regarding its commitment to climate change. This includes supporting other companies and organisations by helping them transform their operations.

Airports heading towards decarbonisation are facing increasing difficulties along the way, ACI Europe points out. The industry has made huge moves towards this goal, including the introduction of the ‘Airport Carbon Accreditation’ programme, which was launched more than ten years ago.

Despite positive changes, the effects of the global pandemic have made the huge task of decarbonising aviation that much more difficult.

“Decarbonisation takes investment. This pandemic has dealt Europe’s airports a crippling blow. With over 1.72 billion passengers lost across the network in 2020, resulting in lost revenues exceeding €32 billion, a renewed support of governments and Institutions as we chart our path to a more sustainable recovery is crucial. Yes, we still need to see the EU walk the talk on that – not least by allowing airports to access funding under the EU resilience and recovery facility,” said Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe’s director general.