Operating an airport and air traffic have an impact on the environment. Fraport acknowledges its responsibility for taking the environmental challenges arising from it appropriately into account. Our activities focus on targeting the conservation of the climate and nature, and the careful use of resources.
Increase in energy efficiency, monitoring and minimization of the emission of climate-relevant gases caused by airport operations (e.g. CO2).
Air traffic and the operation of airports have an impact on the environment. As an air- port operator with numerous international sites, Fraport considers itself responsible for minimizing the environmental impact of its activities. This also applies to CO2 emissions, whose reduction is a key challenge of our time. Along with emissions of other green- house gases, CO2 emissions contribute to global warming.
The German government’s aim is to reduce German CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030 and by as much as 80 percent to 95 percent by 2050 compared to the level of 1990. In order to achieve this, the government has enacted several laws, such as the Renewable Energies Act and the Energy Saving Act. Voluntary reduction targets by German companies make an important contribution to implementing national policy. Fraport has also committed to do this.
We are pleased that the climate protection targets for the year 2020 for Fraport AG at the Frankfurt site that were formulated in 2008 were fulfilled in the year under review. At 209,257 metric tons (absolute) and 2.56 kg CO2/traffic unit, CO2 emissions were very significantly below the target values.
In January 2017, we used this as an opportunity to set new CO2 reduction targets. Based on the corresponding targets of the Federal Government, we intend to reduce the CO2 emissions by Fraport AG at the Frankfurt site to 80,000 metric tons by 2030. Compared to emissions in the base year of the International Climate Agreement (1990), this corresponds to a reduction of 65 percent. CO2 emissions are to be reduced to 0.9 kg CO2 per traffic unit (one passenger or per 100 kg of cargo or mail). Compared to emissions in the base year of 1990 (5.51 kg CO2/traffic unit), this corresponds to a reduction of 84 percent.
To this end, we will continue to work on improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, facilities and processes. Using our operational energy management system, we continuously identify savings potential in the building and facilities portfolio and realize them as far as possible. In the vehicle fleet and in our ground processes, we examine the possibilities of using alternative energies, in particular electricity, as a substitute for petroleum-based fuels. New buildings are planned and constructed taking into account energy efficiency considerations.
Airport Carbon Accreditation, a program to whose development Fraport made a key contribution, has developed into the global standard for CO2 reporting and management at airports since 2010. Fraport AG has decided to certify all fully consolidated airports in accordance with Airport Carbon Accreditation. The intention is to achieve at least Level 2 (Reduction). Finally, Level 3 (Optimization) can be achieved by including key stakeholders. If an airport operator completely reduces its CO2 emissions to zero, it achieves Level 3+ (Neutrality). We already reached Level 3 at the Frankfurt site in 2012. Ljubljana Airport reached Level 2 in 2015 as a result of appropriate measures.
Since 2006, Fraport has taken part in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the lead- ing global climate reporting initiative of the financial economy that analyzes companies and their strategies with respect to climate change and CO2 reporting. In 2016, Fraport reached Level C “Awareness”. The scoring is a reflection of a company’s transparency and activities in climate change matters.