Auckland Airport’s work to cut carbon emissions has been recognised with a Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation 

Of the 555 airports globally holding an Airport Carbon Accreditation, the 15% ranked at Level 4 or above represent the leaders in emissions reduction, a group Auckland Airport is proud to be included in, said Mary-Liz Tuck, the airport’s chief sustainability and master planning officer.

“Auckland Airport has been working hard to not only cut its own carbon footprint on the path to net zero, but also help other airport organisations shrink their emissions. While we’ve still got a way to go on this journey, the benchmarking done by the Airports Council International through its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is important validation for our sustainability work.”

Tuck explained that the biggest airport development programme in the airport’s history is underway, extending from its road network, across the terminals and out onto the airfield.

“As we upgrade our infrastructure, it is providing opportunities to tackle carbon emissions at the same time, whether that’s saving truck journeys by reusing concrete from runway repairs as the base material for our airfield expansion or targeting low-carbon and sustainable building practices for our terminal development.

“Decarbonising aviation is challenging, particularly for a country like New Zealand where airlinks provide vital connectivity to the regions and its nearest international neighbour is more than 2,000km away, but we recognise it is going to take a team effort.

“No organisation can do it alone and we are ready to play our part to address Scope 3 emissions. Whether it’s having our airfield fuel network ready for SAF, providing electric ground power units for aircraft to run off when at the gate, EV charging for airside vehicles, or contemplating future low-emission fuel technology in our infrastructure planning, we are constantly considering how we can support the low-carbon ambitions of the wider aviation system.

Tuck concluded: “Auckland Airport has targeted getting to net zero for our own operations by 2030, which will see the airport reduce direct emissions by 90%. After four years we have already made some significant cuts to our carbon emissions with a 27% reduction in comparison to our 2019 baseline. The next six years will see us undertaking substantial projects to achieve net zero.”

Key initiatives include the phasing out of gas-powered boilers in favour of energy efficient heat pumps within the terminal –– and the addition of rooftop solar generation to power two new airport developments, the Transport Hub and the Mānawa Bay outlet shopping centre.


Auckland Airport aims to be net zero by 2030
Auckland Airport aims to be net zero by 2030 Ingolfson