Finland’s Helsinki Airport has become carbon neutral, having received a certificate from the international Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA).
The airport received the certification after carrying out extensive reviews of airport operator Finavia's emissions efficiency and offsetting residual emissions.
Finavia sustainable development director Mikko Viinikainen said: “The ACA certificate awarded to Helsinki Airport is an important milestone in the implementation of Finavia’s accelerated climate programme at our airports.
“Our climate programme comprises a number of different measures, but Helsinki Airport plays a key role in the reduction of emissions.”
The airport has managed to reduce its carbon emissions to zero through the adoption of several measures that have been continuing for many years.
A solar power project is currently being constructed at Helsinki Airport and is expected to be operational by late summer this year.
Once operational, the facility will have a total installed capacity of more than 500KWp, and will be able to meet 10% of the entire electricity needed by the new terminal extensions at the Finnish airport.
Last month, the airport operator began using renewable diesel fuel in vehicles operating at the airport.
Also, the buses used to commute between the terminal and the flight, are fuelled by biodiesel that is generated entirely from waste and residue.
In addition, Finavia is focused on introducing other environmental-friendly solutions, such as LED lighting.
The company needs to provide sufficient evidence each year to ensure that carbon emissions at Helsinki Airport are reducing.
Finavia aims to make all of its airports carbon neutral by 2020.
Image: Furniture at Helsinki Airport. Photo: courtesy of Finavia.