The airport of Helsinki goes green. Finnair’s new COOL Nordic Cargo Hub at Helsinki Airport will utilize solar power produced by 1,200 panels installed on the building’s roof. The solar energy produced at the cargo facility will represent over 10% of the building’s annual energy consumption. But this is not all: Starting from last July, the airport buses has been fuelled by diesel manufactured wholly from waste and residue
“We have managed to make our operations carbon-neutral by using renewable energy sources, by investing in new, energy-efficient, low-emission solutions as well as by compensating for residual emissions,” says Mikko Viinikainen, Vice President, Sustainability & Environment at Finavia, the corporation owned by the Finnish State which manages 21 Finnish airports.
“Using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as our vehicle fuel – Viinikainen adds – is a fixed part of our emissions solutions. It is an excellent addition to our energy portfolio, as the product offers up to 90 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fossil diesel. In addition to reduced emissions, another reason to select Neste MY Renewable Diesel was its easy adoption. It is available to all companies operating at the airport, and we hope that its use will expand at Helsinki Airport. Another goal for Finavia is that all airports in Finland will be carbon-neutral by 2020”.
Renewable diesel and solar power. Each of the installed panels by Finnair can produce up to 260 W of energy. The annual energy production level is estimated to be approximately 265 MWh/a. Improving the energy efficiency of its facilities is a part of Finnair’s sustainability strategy. Sustainable development was a key consideration in building the new cargo terminal, and the building’s sustainability features will earn the terminal a “very good” rating under the BREEAM sustainability certification.
“Sustainability is important for Finnair Cargo customers, as well as their customers,” says Janne Tarvainen, managing director of Finnair Cargo. “Our new cargo hub features advanced automation technology and has temperature controlled areas for pharmaceuticals and other perishable products, and the energy produced by the new solar panels supports the overall efficiency of the entire cargo terminal.”
Finnair will start operating at its new cargo terminal in phases from October onwards and the solar panels were taken into use already in May. Finnair’s full cargo operations at the new terminal will begin in January 2018.