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Avinor's 'green' projects recognised in new aviation industry report

Four Avinor projects are included in Aviation Climate Solutions, a new report showing 100 examples of how the aviation industry is collaborating and contributing to reduce CO2 emissions.

"Our industry has taken a lead in climate action, putting in place a comprehensive framework and goals to reduce emissions from air transport," says Michael Gill, executive director of the Air Transport Action Group, which compiled the report.

"The Aviation Climate Solutions are a set of case studies showing how different parts of the industry all over the world, including Avinor, are working together to reduce our climate impact."

The four measures initiated and implemented by Avinor are:

• In co-operation with Air BP and SkyNRG, it offers biojetfuel to all airlines refuelling at Oslo Airport (OSL). To date, Lufthansa Group, KLM and SAS have signed contracts. The biofuel will be distributed via the airport’s hydrant system.

• Oslo Airport offers free charging of electric vehicles for its passengers and employees. The airport currently has 240 charging points. 

• A planned new snow depot willl be used to collect snow and cool the new passenger terminal and the North Pier.

• More than 7,500 curved approaches have been performed at Oslo Airport since 2012 courtesy of satellite-based navigation technology that has helped the gateway reduce its overall noise impact and greenhouse gas emissions.

The approach procedures will be implemented on a permanent basis.

"By international standards, Avinor is not a very big player, but our innovation and environmental projects are being noticed. I am very proud of the fact that as many as four of our projects have been included in this report," enthuses CEO, Dag Falk-Petersen.

"Our environmental efforts are being recognised far beyond the country's borders, and I hope this can be an inspiration to others and even bigger players internationally."

Aviation Climate Solutions was released at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, alongside an open letter from industry chief executives which reaffirms the industry’s commitment to climate action.

It also calls on governments to support it with the development of a global market-based measure for aviation emissions, improved efficiency in air traffic management and accelerating research for alternative fuels and new technology.

In 2008, the aviation sector became the first to set global goals to proactively manage its climate change impact.

The industry will stabilise its net CO2 emissions from 2020 through a concept called carbon-neutral growth, whereby traffic would continue to rise to meet the demands of society and the economy, but growth would be offset through a global market-based measure.

The longer-term goal is to actually reduce net CO2 emissions from aviation to half of what they were in 2005, by 2050.

The full publication can be downloaded at www.enviro.aero/climatesolutions

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