Auckland Airport leads the way in sustainability

Auckland International Airport

New Zealand’s main airport wants to reduce its carbon emissions. Source: Shutterstock .

AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is located on the North Island and serves as New Zeland’s main airport. 

It receives around 56,000 flights per year, carrying nearly 15 million passengers.

While the airport does a sterling job of connecting people to the enchanting Land of the Long White Cloud, it is also making waves in the sustainability sphere.

It doesn’t take an expert to understand that flying is one of the worst carbon emitters on the planet.

But New Zealand’s main gateway has already massively reduced its carbon footprint by decreasing its carbon dioxide (or equivalent) emissions by 22 percent (2,287 tonnes).

One way it has done this is by reducing water usage and ensuring as little waste as possible goes to landfill sites.

This has been made possible by its detailed 2030 vision which aims to offset the airport’s carbon footprint while accommodating 25 million travelers by 2025.

The vision also includes using the latest technology and sustainable design while creating and maintaining effective supply chain partnerships, such as installing solar panels on the roof of the international terminal.

Auckland Airport is also progressively replacing energy-wasting air conditioning equipment and fitting light-emitting diodes (LED).

A giant dwarf statue from The Lord of the Rings watches over passengers in Auckland Airport. Source: Shutterstock

Auckland Airport’s journey to sustainability began in 2012 and continues to pay off today, with acknowledgments pouring in from coveted indexes.

Most recently it was recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for an eighth consecutive year.

The airport is also only one of eight Asia Pacific based organization to be included in the DJSI Index this year.

“We’re encouraged by these results because we’re putting a lot of effort into building a sustainable business,” Auckland Airport general manager for airport development and delivery Andre Lovatt said in a statement.

“One that creates long-term value for everyone with a stake in our airport, including our customers, business partners, employees, investors, and local community.”

Manjit Jus, the head of ESG ratings, RobecoSAM which co-manages DJSI congratulated Auckland Aiport in a statement and added, “Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices.”

But that’s not all.

Auckland Airport has also maintained top marks in the five-star assessment from Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

Last year the airport was also recognized by environmental certifier Enviro-Mark as one of New Zealand’s best carbon reducers.

View of the control tower at Auckland Airport. Source: Shutterstock

The most recent acknowledgments were awarded to Auckland Airport based on its performance in the 2018 financial year.

If you want to find out more about Auckland Airport’s 2030 vision of sustainability and how it aims to achieve its ambitious targets, check out its updated sustainability report.