Focus on carbon
Once considered a by-product of our energy use and waste output, carbon has grown hugely in the importance of our business and now forms a stand-alone pillar of our Sustainability Strategy.
As a company, we accept the role carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases play in climate change. We also believe in the science behind climate change.
We have committed to eliminating all non-emergency related direct carbon emissions, reducing carbon emissions from the electricity we purchase, and managing all other indirect carbon emissions across campus.
Our commitment to carbon reduction is reflected in our memberships of the Climate Leaders Coalition and the Sustainable Business Council. We’re proud to be an early signatory and strong supporter of the Climate Leaders’ Statement.
We support the global target as established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the Paris Agreement 2015 to keep global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees, and we support the New Zealand target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Our own Emissions Reduction Plan reflects this, with our Scope 1 and 2 emissions target to reach net zero CO2e by 2030, and absolute zero emissions by 2050.
We're the world's first airport to achieve Level 4 Transformation of the Airports Council International “Airport Carbon Accreditation” programme - the highest level of airport carbon reduction best practice.
Projects underway to reduce our emissions include:
- The decommissioning of our last diesel and LPG boilers
- Converting our entire corporate vehicle fleet to electric vehicle (EV) alternatives
- Implementing Ground Power Units (GPUs) at all of our jet aircraft stands
- Autonomous vehicle programmes and EV sharing schemes such as Electric Day Pass and Zilch.