Dublin airport has been recognised as carbon neutral by the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, an organisation that ‘independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions’.
The airport has received Level 3+ carbon neutrality status following efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by 12% in 2019. It also managed to reduce its overall carbon emissions by 25% between 2013 and 2019.
Some of the measures Dublin airport have taken include:
- a pilot solar farm project,
- the installation of efficient LED lighting, and
- the introduction of low emission vehicles (LEVs).
By 2024, the airport has vowed to switch all its light vehicle fleets to LEVs and is also planning a second solar farm which will have the potential to generate up to 7.5 megawatts of power.
Managing Director of Dublin Airport, Vincent Harrison commented:
“Dublin Airport is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and achieving carbon neutrality is a hugely important milestone on that journey. We have been working tirelessly to reduce the amount of energy that we use at the airport for many years and are very pleased with the formal recognition of carbon neutral status.
“But carbon neutrality is not enough. We must go significantly further, and we are dedicated to doing that. We plan to reduce our overall energy consumption by a further 30 per cent by 2030 and we’re committed to becoming net zero for our carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.”
Dublin was one of 200 European airports to committed to net zero carbon by 2050 back in 2019. The list also includes the UK airports Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow, London City and Manchester.