Fraport AG, the owner and manager of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), has again received international recognition for its climate protection initiatives. The Frankfurt Airport company has once again been certified at the optimization level under Airports Council International Europe’s (ACI Europe) Airport Carbon Accreditation program (www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org). Fraport AG’s head of environmental management, Dr. Wolfgang Scholze, said: “This certification award shows that we are clearly on the right path of sustainability. For many years now, we have been identifying and realizing potential reductions in CO2 emissions at Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s largest air transportation gateway.”
As part of its ongoing commitment, Fraport focuses on optimizing energy requirements of the buildings and infrastructure, as well logistics and transport, at Frankfurt Airport. For example, Fraport’s new Pier A-Plus terminal expansion, which was inaugurated in 2012, provides an annual CO2 savings of 10,000 metric tons compared to conventional buildings. Furthermore, Fraport is continuously expanding the share of electrically-powered vehicles in its fleet at FRA. Currently, about 10 percent of Fraport’s total fleet of 3,000 cars and ground vehicles uses electrical power. Fraport is actively involved in various so-called e-mobility projects, such as the Allianz Elektromobilität (electro-mobility alliance) in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Model Region, and “Green Aircraft Handling” E-Port-on (www.e-port-on.com) – which is sponsored by the German government’s e-mobility program through the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
Launched by ACI Europe in 2009 – with Fraport as one of the founding participants – the Airport Carbon Accreditation program comprises four successive certification levels: Mapping, Reduction, Optimization and Neutrality. In 2009, Frankfurt Airport became the first airport in the world to achieve certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Thanks to the trendsetting role of FRA and other European airports, the Airport Carbon Accreditation program has since grown to 78 certified airports in Europe – including the Fraport Group’s Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera. AYT received initial certification in 2010 and is currently at the optimization level since 2012. Combined, these 78 European certified airports account for some 60 percent of Europe’s passenger traffic. The success of the European-led Airport Carbon Accreditation program is spreading worldwide, with another 14 airports already certified at various levels in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa), Asia and Pacific regions.
Further information about Fraport’s wide-ranging climate projection and other sustainability activities can be found at:www.fraport.com.