Airport Council International (ACI Europe), an
umbrella organization of European airports, has officially
certified Munich Airport's successful measures to reduce carbon
The Level 3 accreditation granted to the
airport corresponds to the Optimization performance level. Under
the ACI categories, the Optimization standard is recognized for
airports that demonstrate effective and sustainable efforts to
avoid CO2 emissions. Munich is the first airport in Germany to
receive this accreditation level from ACI.
Launched in 2009, the ACI Airport Carbon
Accreditation program is open to all European airports. Since the
program's inception, 40 of Europe's major airports, which handle
44% of passenger traffic in Europe's skies, have signed up. The
program has so far resulted in savings of more than 600,000 tons
in CO2 emissions since its inception.
Munich Airport submitted its accreditation
request in 2010, retroactively for 2009. The decisive factor for
the success of the application was the fact that the CO2 emissions
recorded in 2009 were 17,000 tons lower than the average level of
the preceding three years.
An example of the airport-wide cooperation in
climate protection efforts in Munich is Airport Collaborative
Decision Making (A-CDM). In this process, a systematic exchange of
information and quick-decision making processes involving the
airport operating company, airlines, air traffic control and other
partners help to shorten the taxiing and waiting times for
aircraft at the airport, thus saving fuel and reducing CO2
The airport is also taking decisive action to
address the needs of climate protection in its strategic expansion
plans. The design of the
new satellite terminal to be built on the
eastern apron to expand the capacity of Terminal 2 is in strict
accordance with sustainable construction principles. The new
building will have 40% lower CO2 emissions per unit of
floor space than the two existing terminals. Among the concepts
making this possible are an innovative ventilation system and a
special facade design using insulated glass on the outside walls
facing the apron areas. Behind this facade, in the interior of the
building, is the area where the levels are linked by escalators.
This area will be separated from the actual terminal spaces by an
additional glass wall. The resulting insulated space will thus act
as a "climate buffer" for the satellite facility, in which a
special material will be used to convert the heat entering the
building in the daytime into air conditioning for the interior.
Certification under the Airport Carbon
Accreditation Program is valid for one year. To have the seal of
approval renewed for another year, the accredited airport must
stick with its CO2 reduction program and document its performance
with lower emission levels.
Apart from the ACI program, in 2009
FMG set a strategic goal of achieving carbon neutrality in its
future growth by 2020 for measures and activities within its
direct sphere of influence.
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