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Stockholm Arlanda model gateway for EU sustainability project

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is one of the model gateways being used as part of the EU project called dAIR, which aims to turn airports into ecologically sustainable transport hubs.

A European Commission meeting with airport managers, environmental experts and politicians from all over Europe was held in Brussels yesterday where the project is being discussed.

The requirement is that the fossil carbon emissions from transport to and from the airports and the airports' own operations to be reduced, as they account for almost half of the airport emissions, air traffic for the rest.

Fredrik Jaresved, director of public affairs at Stockholm Arlanda, explains: “An effective environmental and sustainability work is a pure question of survival for airports.

“Sweden's Arlanda and climate work is located in the European front edge. At the airport, emissions have decreased by almost 70% since 2005 and more than 50% of passengers travelling today public transport to and from the airport.”

biogas

Jaresved and Stockholm Arlanda, owner and operator Swedavia, are also presenting the world's first biogas-fuelled snow removal vehicles at the EU meeting, and once all are installed, it will mean Swedavia has reached the goal of zero fossil carbon emissions in its own operations.

It has ordered 29 new snow removal equipment vehicles, including eight this year, and each must be operated with up to 90% biogas and the remainder green diesel.

The biogas project is implemented initially in winter at Stockholm Arlanda and Åre Östersund airport.

Jaresved explains: “Being at the forefront of environmental and sustainability work is an absolute necessity for our credibility and future possibilities of airport holders. Therefore, it is satisfying that we are seen as a model in Europe.”

dAIR is an EU funded project that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the European transport sector, through increased collaboration between different regions, and the goal is to improve the surface accessibility to airport zones and the CO2 neutrality of airport operator activities.

Swedavia, which operates and develops 10 airports in Sweden, is targeting zero fossil carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations by 2020, and since 2005, has reduced its emissions of fossil carbon dioxide by 69%, to 3,800 tonnes in 2013.

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