Swedavia’s operations at Visby Airport are now entirely fossil-free following many years of focused work, which included the electrification of its vehicles, a switch in fuels and implementation of efficiency measures.
Swedavia believes that it is vital to contribute to a sustainable transport sector and keep its own operations in order. Accordingly, the company’s objective is to have entirely fossil-free operations at all 10 of its airports by 2020 at the latest. Visby Airport has now achieved this objective two years ahead of the deadline.
In 10 years, fossil carbon dioxide emissions at Visby Airport have decreased from about 300 metric tons a year to zero. Intensive work to replace all vehicles that run on fossil fuel energy –from fire trucks to snow removal equipment – accounts for the reduction. Energy consumption has fallen steadily, and the airport’s energy is provided by green or renewable electricity.
Swedavia also buys biofuel for its employees’ travel on official business, which means that this too is fossil-free.
Gunnar Jonasson, airport director at Visby Airport, said, “There is a great transformation under way in the transport sector right now, with reduced fossil carbon dioxide emissions being the top priority.
“Visby Airport is a large enterprise that uses many vehicles and equipment as well as a lot of energy to enable air transport to and from the island of Gotland. It is a major achievement that our operations at the airport are now entirely fossil-free, and I am very proud.”