Munich Airport, Germany, has been recognized for its climate change reduction efforts by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international organization that supports companies and cities with the disclosure of environmental data.
The CDP awards ratings to companies demonstrating strong performance in reducing CO2 emissions, thus helping to limit the rise in global temperatures. In the latest CDP annual report, Munich Airport maintained its strong position in the rankings with a rating of A-. With this result, it led the field of participating European airports.
As the first airport in the world to make the switch to energy-saving LED lighting for its ramp areas, Munich Airport has saved more than 1,000 tons per year in the illumination of ramps and roads and a further 3,600 tons in buildings. The airport is also making a rapid transition to electric vehicles in its ground fleet. So far, 121 diesel- or gasoline-powered vehicles have been replaced. In addition, passengers and visitors now have access to 85 charging stations for electric cars, with another 200 scheduled for installation in stages.
“The high rating from the CDP is further proof that we are on the right track with our efforts to reduce emissions,” said Dr Michael Kerkloh, CEO and president of Munich Airport. “By 2030 we plan to be the first airport in Germany to achieve carbon-neutral operations. To implement this ambitious climate protection program, we are investing a total of €150m (US$170m).”