Rovaniemi Airport takes steps to carbon neutral

Rovaniemi Airport

In a bid to become more environmentally friendly, airport operator Finavia and Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi (Neve) have entered into an agreement to implement the carbon-neutral district heating of Rovaniemi Airport.

“We have worked systematically to reduce the climate impact of our airports for over ten years now. We reached an important milestone two years ago when all our airports became carbon neutral. Our objective is to achieve zero net emissions in 2030, and we continue on our journey towards emissions-free airports. The cooperation with Neve is an important step along this journey,” commented Henri Hansson, SVP, Airport Infrastructure, Sustainability, Safety, Security & Compliance at Finavia.

The climate impact of airports originates from the heating of buildings and the energy consumption of vehicles.

“In order to eliminate our carbon dioxide emissions, we must focus on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving our energy efficiency,” Hansson points out.

Vihreä Lähilämpö (Neve’s carbon-neutral district heating product) has been chosen for Rovaniemi Airport because it supports the key measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions Finavia has identified in its climate programme.

Neve produces its district heat from renewable and locally sourced fuels.

According to Kristian Gullsten, CEO of Neve, the company generates heat mainly from wood-based fuels: wood chips and wood industry byproducts such as dust, bark, cutter shavings and recycled wood.

Neve is also planning to use energy generated by burning dried sewage sludge in the near future.