Budapest Airport becomes the first airport in Central Europe to achieve Level 4+ Transition

April 22, 2024

We are delighted to announce that Budapest Airport in Hungary, has successfully upgraded to Level 4+ Transition within the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. This significant achievement not only places the airport at the forefront of carbon management maturity, but also marks it as the first airport in Central Europe to reach this level.

Committed to the IPCC’s 1.5°C pathway, Budapest Airport has developed a Carbon Management Plan aimed at achieving its long-term absolute carbon emissions reduction target. Furthermore, it has established a Stakeholder Partnership Plan to foster collaboration among all airport stakeholders, encouraging their active participation in emission reduction efforts.

Budapest Airport is continuously expanding its fleet of electric vehicles and developing its e-charging infrastructure, encouraging its partner companies to embrace e-mobility. Currently, 96 charging points for electric vehicles are available, and over 130 electric ground service equipment units are already operating daily at the airport. Electric vehicle charging is also available for passengers, with 35 charging points in public car parks. From January 2023, 100% of the airport’s total electricity consumption is covered by renewable energy sources, with ongoing work to develop a 7.5 MW solar farm and to prepare the development of a geothermal heating system for the airport.

Thanks to the measures implemented so far, the company has reduced its direct carbon emissions by more than 70% over the last decade and has excelled in waste management, recycling 73% of its municipal and packaging waste in 2023, more than double the recycling rate of the Budapest population. The airport has also reduced its natural gas consumption by 22% in 2023.

Budapest Airport is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2035. In recent years, alongside reducing its own emissions, the airport has improved its approach to measuring indirect carbon emissions from activities of companies operating at the airport. During data collection the airport operator considers various factors, including the materials used for de-icing aircraft, roads, taxiways, and aprons, the fuel consumption of subcontractors during construction and development works, and the management of waste and wastewater. Measurements also include the total amount of fuel supplied to airlines and the mapping of commuting habits of airport staff.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General at ACI EUROPE, commented: “I have only praise for Budapest Airport’s latest achievement within Airport Carbon Accreditation. The Hungarian hub has reached another critical step in carbon management, as it has become certified at Level 4+ Transition, which means it has fully aligned its carbon reduction pathway with the objective of the Paris Agreement. BUD is the first airport in Central Europe to reach this level of carbon management maturity, and with its target to achieve net zero emissions already by 2035 for CO2 emissions under its control, the airport is also clearly a leader in terms of climate action at global level. Hats off to the entire team for this significant achievement!”

Find out more about climate initiatives at Budapest Airport here.