German airport operator Fraport seeks to lower carbon emissions in areas directly under its control at its home base, Frankfurt Airport, to 50,000 tonnes by 2030.

This is 25,000 tonnes lower than the earlier goal.

Besides, the operator plans to lower CO2 emissions at its global subsidiaries to 95,000 tonnes by the end of the decade.

Fraport CEO Dr. Stefan Schulte said: “Aviation needs to make a significant contribution towards protecting our planet’s climate. And we need to act faster than in years gone by. That’s our responsibility.

“For this reason, we’ve once again revised our masterplan for climate action, intensifying our measures wherever possible.”

The operator also set a 2045 target for becoming CO2-free at its home base in addition to all fully-consolidated group airports.

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Fraport companies and subsidiaries in Lima (Peru), Burgas and Varna (Bulgaria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Fortaleza and Porto Alegre (Brazil), along with the group’s 14 airports in Greece and Frankfurt Airport are also included in this 2045 goal.

Schulte added: “Zero carbon means we will achieve this target without offsetting our emissions. We’re not going to rely on compensatory measures and their impact in the distant future. We’re taking the direct route.”

Key to the sustainable initiatives will be the future electricity mix at Frankfurt Airport that will mainly comprise renewable sources, starting 2026.

By then, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with German energy firm EnBW will allow nearly 85% of Fraport’s electricity requirements being met by North Sea’s wind energy.

Besides, large photovoltaic systems (PV) at the airport will largely contribute to the energy needs.

Fraport is also undertaking other actions to make Frankfurt Airport sustainable such as the deployment of ‘smart, needs-driven’ building technology for air conditioning as well as lighting.