Copenhagen Airport establishes CO2-neutral growth goal

4 March 2014 (Last Updated March 4th, 2014 18:30)

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) has established a goal of CO2-neutral growth to 30 million passengers, and an objective to maintain that goal while expanding to 40 million passengers.

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Copenhagen Airport (CPH) has established a goal of CO2-neutral growth to 30 million passengers, and an objective to maintain that goal while expanding to 40 million passengers.

In January, CPH announced plans to expand the airport and increase capacity over the next few decades to handle up to 40 million passengers annually, which is nearly twice the number the airport handles currently.

CPH noted that the expansion plans are closely related to its objective of responsible growth.

Copenhagen Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye said: "One of the objectives of making such a very long-term plan is also to be able to lay a basic plan for sustainability and energy efficiency.

"Our CSR strategy is part of our business strategy, and it's intended to ensure that we grow in a responsible way. As one of northern Europe's key transport hubs, we have a responsibility to improve the region's international accessibility and thereby create growth opportunities and jobs in the region as a whole.

"We have a responsibility to improve the region's international accessibility and thereby create growth."

"But we also have a responsibility to ensure that this growth happens in a responsible way in terms of the environment, society and our financial performance."

CPH plans to collaborate with a total of 700 companies operating at the airport, in order to lower the use of resources, both to reduce their total cost of operating at the airport and to benefit the environment.

As a second step in this collaboration, CPH has determined aggregate CO2 emissions from all operations at the airport in 2013, both those directly from the airport, and from other companies at the airport.

CPH noted that this analysis revealed the various sources of CO2 emissions and forms a good basis for the airport's continuing efforts to reduce emissions.

CO2 emissions in 2013 at the airport were 306,482 tonnes, which represented a year-on-year reduction of 1,500 tonnes.

Each passenger occasioned about 12.7 kilos of CO2 emissions in 2013, of which CPH was directly responsible for 1.3 kilos.

Copenhagen Airport is located in Tårnby, Denmark, and is the busiest international airport in Scandinavia, serving about 24.1 million passengers in 2013.


Image: Copenhagen Airport noted that the expansion plans are closely related to its objective of responsible growth. Photo: courtesy of Dornum72.