Private investment house Ardian has partnered with Reykjavik’s Keflavík International Airport to measure the Icelandic hub’s Scope 3 emissions.

The partners will use the proprietary platform Ardian Air Carbon, developed by the data science team at Ardian, to measure indirect emissions, such as those generated by aircraft landings, take-offs, taxiing and ground vehicles. The tool uses real-time, granular operational data to monitor and project emissions. It complies with the methodology published by the Airport Carbon Accreditation, the global carbon management certification programme for airports.

Keflavík is Iceland’s primary international airport and welcomed 6.1 million passengers in 2022. The project with Ardian will focus on estimating Scope 3 items emissions at the airport, including those related to landings, take-offs, taxi, and auxiliary power units (APU). Keflavík has set itself the goal of achieving carbon-free operations by 2030 at the latest.

“Airports can have a significant positive impact on the sector by acting to reduce their Scope 3 emissions, but to do so they need accurate data to underpin a realistic and sustainable decarbonisation programme.

“We created Ardian Air Carbon to break down silos between different stakeholder groups across the industry’s value chain and enable effective collective action to reduce carbon emissions. We look forward to working together with Isavia’s team to onboard them on Ardian Air Carbon platform,” said Pauline Thomson, director infrastructure & head of digital innovation, Ardian.

Ardian Air Carbon has already been rolled out across four airports: Turin, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Naples. Last year, after using the solution to improve the measurement of its Scope 3 emissions, Turin Airport achieved its Level 3 'Optimisation' accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Image: Keflavík International Airport