Why did your airport decide to become accredited at Level 3 Optimisation?
We believe that climate protection in aviation is a task that the whole industry needs to work on together. As climate protection has been on our agenda for many years, we were able to directly reach level 3 (Optimisation) last year.
Describe up to 4 key projects you implemented to reduce your emissions?
As part of our target for carbon-neutral operations, we are improving the energy efficiency of our facilities, pursuing systematic energy management and investing in zero-emission mobility.
In 2018 we will run the passenger and baggage transport on the ramp at the airport entirely with nearly silent and emission-free ground support equipment. This is part of our scale-up! project in which we significantly expand our electric fleet. Besides electric passenger buses and baggage tugs, our charging stations are also used by battery-powered vans, cargo tugs, conveyor belts and a highloader.
All other vehicles are refueled with synthetic diesel. Compared to fossil diesel, the synthetic fuel emits significantly less air pollutants. In addition, we offset the CO2 emissions it produces. Furthermore, we have established charging infrastructure of 48 parking spaces, including seven innovative fast-chargers, for passengers and taxi drivers with electric cars. We offer 100% green electricity for their car batteries.
How did you engage your external and internal stakeholders (e.g., management, employees, passengers, companies operating at the airport)?
At Stuttgart Airport we are committed to cut emissions wherever we can. This is anchored in our fairport code, which defines values and norms for all employees, and serves as a basis for our corporate fairport Stuttgart Airport strategy.
Our efforts for climate protection also involve third parties. We cooperate with close partners like airlines, the German Air Traffic Control Authority (DFS) and ground handling companies in order to optimize taxi times of airplanes or to increase the number of electric powered equipment on the ramp. Stuttgart Airport also supports and funds new technologies that will reduce the emissions produced by planes in the future. HY4, a zero-emission and nearly silent four-seater airplane powered by a fuel cell and batteries, had its worldwide first flight in Stuttgart. It proved that the vision of emission-free flying can become true. Until that becomes a reality, passengers receive information on CO2 offsetting programs in our terminals. Emissions of their flight can be calculated and offset at a special computer.
What are your future carbon management plans?
Stuttgart Airport is accelerating towards climate protection with two reduction targets:
- Reduce by 50% our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as compared to 1990.
- Run the operations at Stuttgart Airport entirely carbon-neutral by 2050.