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Kansai Airports Group aims for net-zero emissions by 2050

08 Mar 2021 (Last Updated March 8th, 2021 13:18)

Japan’s Kansai Airports Group has prepared a long-term goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a decarbonised society, in an effort to prevent global warming.

Kansai Airports Group aims for net-zero emissions by 2050
Kansai Airports Group has implemented several measures to reduce the environmental footprint of its three airports. Credit: Josue Isai Ramos Figueroa / Unsplash.

Kansai Airports Group in Japan has prepared a long-term goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and a decarbonised society by 2050 to prevent global warming.

The group operates three airports, namely Kansai International Airport (KIX), Osaka International Airport (ITAMI) and Kobe Airport (UKB).

Along with the other stakeholders, the international community has been working together to build a decarbonised society with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the long-term target, the group aims to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, taking emissions of 113,000t in 2016 as a baseline.

Kansai Airports Group stated the implementation of several measures to reduce the environmental footprint of its three airports.

In a statement, the group said: “We will continue to work on a medium to a long-term plan and promote the measures for achieving carbon neutral status by further reducing energy consumption and using renewable energy.

“Kansai Airports Group is committed to further accelerating the efforts to reduce environmental impacts in pursuit of a harmonious coexistence between the airports and their surrounding environment.”

Last January, the three airports collectively handled as many as 576,208 passengers, indicating a decrease of 86% compared with the same period last year.

A consortium comprising VINCI Airports and ORIX Corporation established Kansai Airports. VINCI is a private airport operator and manages the development and operation of 45 airports while ORIX operates a diverse portfolio of businesses.

Kansai Airports has been operating Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport since 2016, in addition to Kobe Airport since 2018.