The air quality in the airport area is a consequence of road and air traffic emissions, airport activities, heating of the airport facilities and other facilities from the wider local area.
The air quality in this area depends primarily on the inflow of polluted air masses coming from the direction of Ljubljana and Kranj, and also on weather conditions. In the airport area we use cooling and air-conditioning devices, and heat pumps which contain substances harmful to ozone.
The declared pandemic, which caused an unimaginable disruption of air traffic, directly affected the rules of the certification scheme for reducing greenhouse effects, which takes place under the auspices of the association of European airports (ACI Europe) and which Fraport Slovenija joined in 2013.
In July 2020, we renewed certificate at the second level (so-called Reduction level). The almost complete cessation of air traffic has led to significant and abnormal reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. Therefore, ACI Europe has decided to extend the validity of existing certificates for one year, disregarding the data on the calculation of the carbon footprint for 2020 in the future applications for renewal or renewal of accreditation.
Compared to the average of the previous three years (2017–2019), we reduced the absolute amount of CO2 emissions by almost 26%. Based on data on the number of passengers and the weight of cargo for 2020, emissions increased by almost 343% per individual passenger compared to the period 2017–2019, or decreased by almost 20% per 100 kg of cargo.
Efficient energy consumption, use of renewable energy sources or environment-friendly energy products, and reduction of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions are considered important environmental commitments of the company Fraport Slovenija.
We also defined key energy efficiency indicators. Fuel and energy consumption are checked regularly. In 2020, we consumed 5,449.802 kWh of electricity (78.7% generated from renewable energy sources - hydropower plants and 21.3% generated from thermal plants), 345,603 m3 of natural gas (NG), 31,493 L of liquefied petroleum gas and propane (LPG), 89,077 L of diesel and gas oil, 7,723 L of gasoline, and 492 L of kerosene.
In accordance with the company’s energy strategy and its commitment to preserving the environment, the construction of the central power facility was completed in 2019, which provides efficient supply of heat and cooling energy for the entire airport territory in one place. In its design, the plant combines the advanced technological and environmental systems of heating elements.
Natural gas is used as the main fuel for heating boilers. It is modularly designed and allows expansion of energy facilities for further ten years.
Our mobility plan is aimed at encouraging our employees, business partners, passengers and airport visitors to change their travel habits, use cars reliably and rationally, and to opt for a sustainable means of transport.
The company is aware of the difficulties with the mobility and accessibility in terms of sustainable means of transport, thus the mobility plan tries to comply with these limitations in the best way possible.
The airport is namely connected with neighbouring settlements through a public transportation network. However, our employees cannot use it due to the shifting nature of their work. Thus, employees mainly use cars to get to work, since the existing traffic infrastructure is quite inconvenient and unfriendly for walking or cycling. However, years ago we started to encourage the use of electric vehicles for short business trips.