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Auckland Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation directly at Level 4

February 14, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Auckland Airport, the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, has joined Airport Carbon Accreditation directly at Level 4 Transformation.

Auckland Airport has developed a long-term absolute carbon emissions reduction target fully aligned with the IPCC 1.5°C trajectory, aiming to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030. At Level 4, the airport has also established effective partnerships with third parties to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

The airport has achieved a significant reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions – an impressive 27% as compared to 2019. Notable initiatives include providing electric vehicle chargers on the airfield, improving recycling rates, and facilitating the adoption of low-emissions ground support equipment. The airport also supplies ground power units (GPUs) and pre-conditioned air (PCA) at all international gates, enabling aircraft to connect to New Zealand’s low carbon electricity supply instead of burning jet fuel while at the gate.

Auckland International Airport is actively collaborating with airlines, ground handlers, and air navigation partners to further mitigate its environmental impact. It is committed to ensuring the availability of the right ground infrastructure to facilitate the adoption of future aircraft technologies and fuels, such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), electric, and hydrogen-powered aircraft. The airport’s refuelling hydrant system is already capable of delivering “drop-in” SAF to aircraft. Ongoing engagement with airline partners aims to meet their future needs for alternative aircraft fuels and technologies.

Discover more about Auckland International Airport’s climate efforts here.