Finnish airport operator Finavia has set a goal to reduce the carbon emissions of airports across its network to net zero by the end of 2025.

This objective was highlighted in its responsibility programme, ‘Towards Sustainable Air Travel’.

Finavia Sustainability and Environment vice-president Mikko Viinikainen said: “Finavia’s operations at all its airports have been carbon neutral since 2019.

“We have taken practical measures and we have been able to reduce carbon emissions by 64% compared to ten years ago. Next, we aim for our airports to have net zero emissions.

“Finavia will reduce its carbon emissions as low as is technologically and financially feasible, meaning very close to zero. Our objective is to reduce our carbon emissions by 98% over the next three years. At net zero level, there will still remain a couple of per cent points worth of emissions.”

The airport operator initially aims to achieve the net zero goal as early as next year across its four airports in Lapland: Rovaniemi, Kittilä, Ivalo, as well as Kuusamo, which will be followed by Helsinki Airport.

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The company stated that it uses 100% wind and solar energy for electricity while its airport maintenance vehicles use renewable diesel made from waste and leftovers.

Finavia is also taking part in projects to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to offset remaining emissions at its airports.

Finavia added that its projects align with the criteria of the International Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme.

Viinikainen added: “We aim to promote the social, financial and environmental responsibility of our business operations. In addition, we want to be involved in boosting the responsibility of the entire air traffic value chain.”