Hamburg Airport has been working to reduce CO2 emissions for three decades already. With demonstrable success: Since 2021, the airport has already been commercially CO2-neutral. And now the decisive step has been taken: with its climate strategy “Net Zero 2035 – Now. For the Future”, Hamburg Airport wants to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the airport city to zero by 2035, doing without offsets – the first major airport in Germany to do so. Hamburg Airport is underlining its pioneering role in climate protection.
Hamburg Airport is investing around 250 million euros in the “Net Zero 2035” climate protection project. The construction of the airport’s own wind farm near Kaltenkirchen (Schleswig-Holstein) alone is the target of around 70 million euros. Step by step, Hamburg Airport is moving towards independent, 100-percent renewable energy and heat supply for the airport city. Net Zero 2035 is an ambitious but achievable target, thanks to our climate protection measures, established over several decades and continually being adapted and adjusted.
Europe’s airports, working together under the umbrella of the Airports Council International Europe (ACI), have agreed to reduce their fossil-driven greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050. Hamburg Airport is part of this and is setting the pace. The goal: Hamburg Airport aims to be the first major German airport to completely convert its operations to renewable energy, abandoning fossil fuels and operating CO2-free by 2035.
In order to reach this net zero target, the airport has developed its own route to reduction. The plan shows a timeframe for implementing decarbonisation, with four pillars key to achieving the goal. One step at a time, the plan is being implemented. By 2035, we want to move our airport operations completely away from fossil-based to renewable energy sources.