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Istanbul Airport pledges to achieve “Zero Carbon Emission” by 2050

Issue 9 - 2021
Istanbul Airport pledges to achieve “Zero Carbon Emission” by 2050

Istanbul Airport has joined the "Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050" commitment launched by the Airports Council International (ACI) and undersigned by 238 airports.

İGA continues to work in line with the principles of sustainable development. Taking action in advance to leave a cleaner world to the next generations, İGA has announced that Istanbul Airport has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. Launched by Airports Council International (ACI) in June 2019, "ACI Net Zero 2050" was set in line with the goal of taking action and decarbonizing airports against the climate problem. 

As a result of its efforts to manage and reduce its carbon footprints within the scope of the environment and sustainability program, Istanbul Airport has joined 238 airports that have committed to achieving "Net Zero Carbon Emission". Within the scope of activities to reduce carbon emissions at Istanbul Airport, significant efforts such as the establishment of ISO 50001 Energy Management System, Energy Efficiency Activities, System Improvements with Energy Surveys, the establishment of ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Management System, and Greenhouse Gas Calculations, Afforestation Activities, the Use of Electric Vehicles, and Vehicle Charging Station Installations have been conducted. 

Istanbul Airport will continue its efforts towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and  it has announced its commitment to the Use of Hydrogen Fuel for Heating and Transportation Purposes, and Carbon Capture Technologies from Fuel Gas in line with technological developments and efforts for Solar Power Plant Installations, Purchase of Renewable Energy from the Electricity Network, Electric Vehicle Conversions, Vehicle Charging Station Installations, Use of Bio-Diesel in Heavy Vehicles, Energy Efficiency Activities, and Afforestation Projects. 

İGA Airport Chief Executive Officer Kadri Samsunlu: "As İGA, we are aware that we have a critical responsibility towards future generations. Acting with this sense of responsibility, we have taken relevant action for a cleaner world. At Istanbul Airport, Turkey's gateway to the world, we have prepared our roadmap for ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission’ by 2050 and set our carbon emission reduction strategy by making quite assertive planning to this end. Thus, we have involved in a process where both technological and operational requirements are constantly monitored and evaluated. By implementing many of our projects in advance, we will have achieved our zero-emission targets even before the year 2050. Recently, we have realized Energy Efficiency Activities, Energy Surveys, and System Improvements, the use of Electric Vehicle and Vehicle Charging Station Installations and we will continue to do so in the next two to three years. In the long term, we will supply the majority of our electrical energy needs from renewable sources through the installation of Solar Power Plants and by Green Energy purchases. We believe our afforestation activities will also become a sink of substantial amounts of carbon. We will also evaluate opportunities for reducing emissions by following the developing technologies such as the Use of Bio-Diesel in Heavy Vehicles, Use of Hydrogen Fuel for Heating and Transportation, and Carbon Capture Technologies from Fuel Gas. As İGA, our greatest goal is to set the bar even higher in line with our objectives." 

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of the European Region of the Airports Council International (ACI EUROPE): “I sincerely congratulate Istanbul Airport for its participation in the collective agreement we have formed with airports across Europe and the world to achieve 'Net Zero Carbon Emission’ by 2050. Despite the critical challenges our industry has been encountering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, airports continue to prioritize climate related activities, and this statement is a proof of this issue. Carrying the climate issue a step forward by aligning decarbonization efforts with global targets will not be easy for any industry, as well as the industries that have significantly suffered from this crisis, the recovery process of which may take years. We still have considerable work to do. I would like to thank the Istanbul Airport team, who are always willing to do their best by focusing on the ambitious net zero target.” 

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