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Sofia Airport achieves Level 4 Transformation in Airport Carbon Accreditation

June 6, 2024

We are excited to announce that Sofia Airport in Bulgaria, has successfully met all the requirements to upgrade to Level 4 Transformation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, making it the first airport in Bulgaria to achieve this level.

Achieving Level 4 means that Sofia Airport has developed a long-term target for absolute carbon emissions reduction, aligning with the IPCC’s 2°C pathway of reaching net zero carbon by 2050.

Operated by SOF Connect, Sofia Airport has a strategic plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2036. To reach this goal, the airport has implemented several key initiatives, including the purchase of 34 electric vehicles and several hybrids, as well as plans to build both its own and publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations.

Additionally, SOF Connect is investing more than BGN 14 million to digitalise processes at the airport, which is part of the company’s Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) strategy. Key targets in the airport’s emissions reduction plan also include the construction of a 20 MW solar power plant with battery storage to manage the energy produced. This solar power plant is expected to be completed by 2035 and will cover a significant portion of the airport’s energy needs.

Jesus Caballero, CEO of SOF Connect, stated that “Sustainable development is the top priority for SOF Connect. This assessment confirms the company’s commitment to the implementation of the ESG strategy and the reduction of its carbon footprint in line with global climate goals. The accreditation is the result of the focused efforts and commitment of the entire Sofia Airport team and demonstrates our determination to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2036.”

Discover more about the environmental policy of Sofia Airport here.