Finnish Carbon Neutral Challenge

Helsinki Airport has fulfilled its pledge to become carbon neutral, achieving airport carbon accreditation level 3+ status. Tony Mallett met with Finavia vice-president for sustainability and environment, Mikko Viinikainen, to find out how this was accomplished.

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Finavia has developed its own energy and climate programme that has resulted in Helsinki Airport becoming carbon neutral.
(AirTeamImages.com/Aleksi Hamalainen)

Energy efficiency guidelines are very familiar to airports, along with strict regulations for noise, water and waste management, but there are no mandatory national or global environmental regulations requesting them to reduce CO2 emissions. However, Helsinki has always been at the forefront of environmental responsibility and initiated a highly proactive approach towards tackling its own targets in reducing greenhouse gases.

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