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Electric cars help Finavia to reduce carbon emissions

Electric cars, fuel pellets and geothermal heating are all playing a part in reducing carbon emissions at Finavia-operated airports.

Electric cars, fuel pellets and geothermal heating are all playing a part in reducing carbon emissions at Finavia-operated airports.

In 2011, Finavia’s largest airport, Helsinki, cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 2,474 tonnes compared to the previous year – the equivalent of 23 fuel tankers.

This was achieved by cutting the airport’s energy consumption by replacing terminal heating and lighting systems.

Mikko Viinikainen, SVP for environmental management at Finavia, said: “In 2012, the focus is on improving the efficiency of heating and ventilation control, and on more energy-efficient lighting solutions.

“The first fully electrically operated vehicle is used by the parking service and more vehicles will be introduced as the technology is further developed.

“Other airports will continue the introduction of new, environmentally sound heating methods and energy sources and will replace lights and related control systems.

“In Kittilä, for example, the heating fuel has been switched from oil to pellets, and Rovaniemi airport will introduce a geothermal solution for property-specific heating.”

Emissions reductions were also achieved by providing staff with training on economical driving habits.

Finavia, which operates 25 airports in Finland, launched its energy and climate programme in 2008.

At the end of 2011, Helsinki Airport and Lapland Airports, which comprise six airports in Lapland, were accepted into the ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

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