SWEDEN’S work on climate change is recognized internationally – Stockholm Arlanda has been named “Eco-Innovation Airport of the Year”

Nichole S. Gehr

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Stockholm Konferens Stockholm nära Arlanda Airport, Sweden’s largest airport, has been named the year’s Eco-Innovation Airport of the Year by Sweden’s largest trade organization, Airports Council International (ACI). Swedavia cited its climate transition efforts and involvement as a leader in operating eco-friendly airports as reasons for making the decision.

Sweden’s efforts to make climate change a reality have been recognized as one of the best in ACI Europe’s Best Airport Award winners for 2021. By establishing itself as a pioneer in the field of sustainable development, Stockholm Arlanda is recognized as a future leader, leading by example through its systematic and consistent approach, which has involved not just employees but other stakeholders as well.

In addition, I have always been proud of the goal-oriented climate work that Swedavia has carried out during the past many years to reach our goal of zero fossil carbon dioxide emissions from our own airport operations. Thanks to our employees’ great engagement, long-term dedication to work, and striving for innovative solutions, we have been able to meet the ambitious sustainability target that was set ten years ago and thought unachievable at the time”, says Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s  CEO.

In addition to Stockholm Arlanda, Swedavia now operates nine other airports that are all operated fossil-free under its own management. Today, Swedavia operates airport operations in Sweden that emit no fossil carbon dioxide. Ten years ago, Swedish airports emitted around 8,000 tonnes per year, but now the number has been reduced to zero.

‘Sweden wants to play a crucial role in the aviation industry’s climate transition, which will be vital to the future growth of air travel. Our largest airport, Arlanda, was given an international award by ACI in recognition of our dedicated transition work. This is proof that we are a world leader in the operations and development of sustainable airports. Throughout our efforts to support sustainable aviation fuel and infrastructure for electric aircraft, we will now continue to support the climate transition of aviation,” says Jonas Abrahamsson.

 

All Swedavia airports today run on renewable electricity and heating/cooling, uninterruptible power supply is powered by renewable fuel, and the company’s fleet of vehicles are powered by electricity or renewable fuel.

Swedavia, for example, currently has more than 800 vehicles, nearly 300 of which are based at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport. In nearly half of the fleet, vehicles run on electricity while the rest are powered by renewable fuels like HVO and biogas. In just the last three years, Swedavia invested nearly 650 million kronor in a renewed fleet that is fossil-free.

Having achieved climate neutrality in 2006, Swedavia set a 2020 goal of reducing the corporation’s fossil carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations to zero. In January 2017, Ronneby Airport became the first airport to accomplish this goal, followed by Visby Airport in 2018 and Lule* Airport in 2019.

 

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