You want to make your city trip or holiday greener, but you don’t want to give up flying? The answer is location, location, location.
Participants in the global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme have been exchanging information about how to measure their direct and indirect emissions – and how to reduce their footprint as much as possible – since 2009.
Improvements range from better energy efficiency of buildings to working with airlines to reduce runway taxiing times. Airports that purchase carbon offsets to deal with the remainder of emissions eliminate their carbon footprint altogether.
These airports’ efforts won’t quite mean the carbon output of the flights themselves will be zero – but if you must fly, you might as well try to fly as green as possible.
The vast majority of airports that have so far been certified as ‘carbon neutral’ are located in Europe, and the Daily Planet has looked them up on social media – they’re ready for you to explore!
1. Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur, France
Nice’s Côte d’Azur airport is the latest airport to become carbon neutral in Europe – and the first to achieve the status in France. It is the third busiest airport in the country, and serves as the main port of arrival for visitors to the French Riviera.
In this Instagram post, the airport shares a picture of its first-ever bar restaurant!
2. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, a Climate-KIC partner, is the main international airport of the Netherlands and the fifth busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers. This tweet by Schiphol shows how the airport welcomes passengers with plants and flowers.
Een fleurig welkom thuis op Schiphol! pic.twitter.com/YsuzK2yH9b
— Schiphol (@Schiphol) August 17, 2016
3. Ankara Esenboga International Airport, Turkey
Esenboga International Airport is Ankara’s international airport, ranking as the fourth busiest airport in the country. This tweet by the airport announces the addition of Bremen, Germany, to its list of destinations in Europe.
— Ankara Airport (@ankaraairport) June 15, 2016
4. Antalya Airport, Turkey
5. Åre Östersund Airport, Sweden
This airport is located near Östersund in the middle of Sweden and serves as the city’s international airport. Åre Östersund features a “green oasis” as seen in this Facebook post. It is a place where passengers can relax before or after a flight, and learn more about flora an fauna.
6. East Midlands Airport, UK
The East Midlands Airport is located between the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester in the United Kingdom. The airport is a major air cargo hub and was the second busiest UK airport for freight traffic in 2015.
The sun may not come out as often as they would like in the East Midlands, but when it does they sure know how to celebrate it. In this tweet the airport’s social team explains how to make “Cherry Coladas.”
— East Mids Airport (@EMA_Airport) August 11, 2016
7. Eindhoven Airport, Netherlands
This the second largest airport in the Netherlands, well behind Amsterdam Schiphol Airport which serves more than ten times as many passengers. The airport’s Facebook feed contains some creative photography!
8. Göteborg Landvetter Airport, Sweden
Göteborg Landvetter Airport is the international airport serving Sweden’s Gothenburg region, and the country’s second-largest airport. This Facebook post shows passengers on their way to the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium earlier this summer.
9. Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport, Turkey
10. Kiruna Airport, Sweden
This is the northernmost airport in Sweden. Kiruna Airport is also the location of Sweden’s spaceport and is set to become Virgin Galactic’s second base in addition to their US facilities. This video on the airport’s Facebook page provides a quick overview of the surroundings.
11. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Italy
This airport near Rome was named after the inventor of the first proto helicopter and a flying machine with wings. Rome has many attractions including the Basilica dome designed by Michelangelo, as highlighted in this tweet.
Discover Rome. Do you know that St. Peter's Basilica dome was designed by Michelangelo? Have you ever visited it? pic.twitter.com/RfO51cm37Y
— Aeroporti di Roma (@AeroportidiRoma) August 25, 2016
12. Lulea Airport, Sweden
13. Malmö Airport, Sweden
This airport is located near Malmö in southern Sweden, and also provides access to Copenhagen in Denmark via the Öresund Bridge. The airport uses a range of electric vehicles to reduce its emissions, and this Facebook post features the smallest model.
14. Manchester Airport, UK
The third busiest airport in the United Kingdom is located in northern England. According to this tweet Manchester Airport passengers had to throw away more than 226,000 bottles of water and soft drinks before going through security last year.
Did you know last year, passengers had to discard more than 226,000 bottles of water and soft drinks at the airport? pic.twitter.com/wyyzstk1t5
— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 31, 2016
15. Milan-Linate Airport, Italy
— Milan Airports (@MiAirports) July 22, 2016
16. Milan-Malpensa Airport, Italy
Milan’s largest international airport serves millions of passengers in the city’s surrounding regions. This Instagram post shows what a landing at Malpensa Airport looks like from a pilot’s point of view.
Pochi metri e si atterra! Ecco la pista vista dagli occhi di un pilota! #Buongiorno da Malpensa! La foto di oggi è di @ayrton_ninja #goodmorning #Malpensa #airport #Milan #aviation #aviationlover #avgeek #planestagram #plane #instapic #instageek #instaaviation #cockpit #pilot #pilotlife #picoftheday
17. Oslo Airport, Norway
— Oslo Lufthavn (OSL) (@Oslolufthavn) July 3, 2015
18. Ronneby Airport, Sweden
This is a smaller airport in southern Sweden and the 15th biggest airport in the country. This Facebook post shows passenger Johanna, who used the airport to get to a conference about promoting alternative culture in Sweden.
19. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is Sweden’s largest airport and functions as a major international gateway for the rest of the Scandinavian country. This Facebook posts shows the recent arrival of US vice president Joe Biden.
20. Stockholm-Bromma Airport, Sweden
21. Trondheim Airport, Værnes, Norway
22. Umea Airport, Sweden
Umea Airport is the seventh largest airport in Sweden and serves the city of Umeå in the north of the country. This Facebook post shows how local band the YeBanishedPrivateers recently used the airport for a trip to Germany.
23. Venice Airport, Italy
I found these friends in the Venice airport pic.twitter.com/Ncm2V18o9W
— Yez And (@KezVR) May 28, 2016
24. Visby Airport, Sweden
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