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Munich Airport successfully reduces CO2 emissions

31st January 2020
Joe Bush

The international climate protection organisation CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) has again recognised Munich Airport (FMG) for its highly effective climate protection efforts. For the third consecutive year, Munich Airport has achieved ‘Leadership Level’ and earned an ‘A-‘ rating in the ‘Climate Change’ category. 

CDP collects data on climate change and CO2 emissions and measures by companies and assigns ratings between ‘A’ and ‘D-’ (there is also an ‘F’ designation which indicates a failure to provide sufficient information to CDP to be evaluated for this purpose. Not all companies requested to respond to CDP do so. Companies who are requested to disclose their data and fail to do so, or fail to provide sufficient information to CDP to be evaluated will receive an F. An F does not indicate a failure in environmental stewardship). In 2019 a total of 8,361 companies around the world submitted data to the organisation. With an A- rating, Munich Airport is among the top eight percent in its category, thus scoring well above average among its international peers.

With the positive assessment, CDP has again recognised the airport's determined and long-standing efforts to decarbonise its operations. Through numerous innovative measures, Munich Airport ensures environmentally responsible, resource-conserving airport operations as it gradually moves towards net zero carbon status. By 2030, the airport expects to reduce its total emissions by 60% through its own efforts. The remaining 40% will be eliminated through appropriate offsetting measures, preferably through climate protection projects in the airport region. It is investing a total of €150m in this ambitious climate protection program. Munich Airport intends to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Welcoming the announcement, Jost Lammers, the CEO and President of Munich Airport, said: "Our CDP score confirms that we are on the right track to successfully implement the Net Zero 2050 resolution of Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in line with the Paris Agreement and the EU climate neutrality target.”

Among the measures in support of the target was the retrofit of the airport's ramp lighting with energy-saving LED technology at a cost of €2m. With 185,000 LEDs positioned in around 1,900 luminaires mounted on masts up to 34 metres tall, the project created one of the world's largest high-mast LED installations. The resulting savings in CO2 emissions amount to approximately 3,000 tonnes per year.


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