AirPact: solutions to decarbonise air travel
VINCI Airports, the first airport operator to commit to the environment, rolled out AirPact in 2015. Through this environmental policy it aims to be exemplary in reducing its own CO2 emissions and help cut air travel emissions, which accounted for 2.8% of global emissions in 2019. AirPact, consists of a series of tangible, instant solutions that limit the impact of airports, airlines and passengers, and has already helped reduce the network’s carbon footprint by 22% between 2018 and 2020.
Powering airports and craft on the ground with renewable energy:
the network’s airports produce and consume their own solar power, with 17MWh installed in 2021, and offer airlines decarbonised energy solutions for their aircraft on the ground.
Emissions-based landing charges:
in 2021, VINCI Airports became the first airport operator to apply emissions-based landing charges to airlines using its airports in France encouraging them to renew their fleets with lower-emission aircraft.
in April 2021, VINCI Airports became the first French airport operator to offer users sustainable biofuel at Clermont-Ferrand airport. The emissions-based landing charges will encourage airlines to use these sustainable biofuels.
Forest carbon sinks:
at Lyon-Saint Exupéry and Lyon-Bron airports, a local reforestation program is being rolled out to absorb all residual emissions.
with the first hydrogen- powered aircraft due in the 2030s, VINCI Airports is preparing to transform its airports into green hydrogen hubs that can meet the needs of the entire ecosystem.
VINCI Airports is the first international airport consortium to have all its platforms enter the Airports Council International’s voluntary Airport Carbon Accreditation programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Lyon-Saint Exupéry and London Gatwick airports have now both obtained Level 3+ certification for carbon neutrality, while Guanacaste airport in Costa Rica has been recognised as carbon neutral by the nonprofit organisation Earth University. In Brazil, Salvador Bahia airport was recognized as “Brazil’s most sustainable aerodrome in 2019” by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).
Next target: all airports will be carbon neutral by 2030, before aiming for “net zero emissions”.