Aerodrom Ljubljana reduces its carbon footprint
Aerodrom Ljubljana continues its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its activities by implementing measures aimed at reducing its carbon footprint, for which it was awarded the Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation a few days ago.
Since 2013, Aerodrom Ljubljana has endeavoured to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the environment and become a carbon-neutral airline. Two years ago, it successfully measured its carbon footprint for the first time and was awarded Level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation. When measuring its CO2 footprint in 2012, the biggest contributors were found to be electricity consumption (61.6%), heating (19.4%), commuting (9.4%) and the company's vehicle fleet (9.3%), whereas work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%) featured at the other end of the scale. Through various small-scale measures carried out in 2013, Aerodrom Ljubljana succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 6 tonnes (approx. 1%), meaning it was able to renew its Level 1 ACA. By significantly reducing its CO2 emissions, most notably through the gasification of its heating system in December 2013, Aerodrom Ljubljana was awarded a Level 2 ACA this year (where Level 2 stands for a reduction). In 2014, it had reduced its absolute carbon footprint value by 488 tonnes, down nearly 11% from 2012 figures. In the heating segment, this reduction was 44%. In the same period, the relative carbon footprint value (taking account of the number of passengers) fell from 3.8 kg to 3 kg of CO2 produced per passenger. The 2014 carbon footprint measurements reveal that in terms of individual sources of emissions, the biggest contributors are again electricity consumption (66.9%), heating (11.6%), commuting (11%) and the company's vehicle fleet (10.1%). Work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%) feature at the other end of the scale. Aerodrom Ljubljana's environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.
Launched in 2009, Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally recognised carbon management standard specifically tailored to the airport business. In its most recent annual results announced last month, 125 airports from over 40 countries worldwide gained certification by the programme last year, achieving a collective reduction of 212,460 tonnes of CO2. The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme recognises carbon management at four levels. For Level 1, a company is required to measure its carbon footprint. For Level 2, the company is required to prove it has reduced its footprint. For Level 3, the company is required to encourage its partners (eg. ground handlers, airlines, etc) to reduce their footprints as well. Level 4 stands for carbon-neutral status - it has been achieved by 20 airports so far.
For more details on the efforts made and measures put in place by Aerodrom Ljubljana to reduce its impact on the environment, please visit: http://www.lju-airport.si/en/company/environment/
To view the recently released Annual Report for Airport Carbon Accreditation, visit www.airportCO2.org
Brnik, 3 August 2015