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May 24, 2021

Sydney Airport unveils initiatives to achieve net zero by 2030

Sydney Airport has outlined initiatives to achieve the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Sydney Airport (SYD) in Australia has drafted practical actions to attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

This will see the airport tackling all emissions, including Scope one and Scope two emissions, under its operational control.

Scope one emissions are produced by the airport’s vehicle fleet and usage of natural gas while Scope two emissions are generated during the production of electricity for the airport.

Scope two emissions, accounting for 93% of emissions under the airport’s operational control, will be reduced by deploying complete renewable sources of energy.

Meanwhile, Scope one emissions represent 7% of the emissions under SYD’s operational control.

These will be cut down by moving vehicles to low or zero-emission technology, moderating natural gas reliance and eliminating fuel-powered equipment.

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The airport will offset the remaining proportion of Scope one emissions with the acquisition of credits from carbon removal projects, including reforestation programmes.

Besides, the airport will continue to target indirect Scope three emissions, including the emissions produced by ground transport and by airplanes during take-off and landing.

These emissions are beyond the operational control of the airport but arise due to the airport’s activities.

To tackle these emissions, the airport will provide renewable energy to its retail and commercial tenants and increase the consumption of sustainable aviation fuels.

In October last year, SYD purchased the on-site jet fuel infrastructure assets for $65.64m (A$85m) to facilitate the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels in the coming years.

SYD CEO Geoff Culbert said: “The aviation industry has a critical role to play in combatting climate change and we are making this commitment with clear line of sight to the outcome and definite actions to get there.

“Sydney Airport is proud of the leadership position we’ve taken on sustainability. We’ve put our money where our mouth is through initiatives like our sustainability-linked loan and bond, which ensure our sustainability commitments have genuine financial imperatives.”

Earlier this month, SYD re-opened the east-west runway more than a year after it was closed to accommodate parked aircraft during Covid-19.

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