Led by ACI EUROPE, the trade association for the European airport industry, NET Zero 2050 commitment was initially undertaken as part of the collective movement of European airports to reach Net Zero. The pledge, which was first launched in June 2019 and undersigned by 194 airports (operated by 40 airport operators across 24 European countries) marked a significant step change in the climate action ambitions for the European airport industry. More than 200 European airports have joined this initiative.
Riga Airport joined the initiative in 2021, thereby acknowledging its dedication to achieve complete reduction of CO2 emissions in the emission sources under direct control of the Airport until 2050.
After joining the Initiative, Riga Airport has undertaken to achieve that the company does not cause CO2 emissions in its basic operations or emissions that cannot be prevented or compensated with proper storage of similar amount of greenhouse emission gases until 2050. Riga Airport is ready to facilitate achievement of global climate goals and consider business transformation, developing a medium-term Sustainability strategy until 2030 to achieve climate goals.
Electricity and fuel consumption are two main sources of emissions at Riga Airport. Therefore, the Airport plans to focus on reducing these emissions, for example, creating its first sun panel park and restoring service buildings making them more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
In the coming years, Riga Airport plans to certify for Level 3 of ACA programme that aims to reduce the emissions not under direct control of the Airport but are caused by the companies and organisations working at the Airport.