sustainability

Airport for a sustainable future

At Kalmar Öland Airport, we have a tradition of being at the forefront of sustainability work. We want to be one of the airports that is first in the line of the green transition. In addition to working with the environment in our own operations, which today are fossil-free, we think bigger and longer. For example, we are already planning for how we can enable an infrastructure for commercial electric aviation in Kalmar.

In the aviation industry, intensive conversion work is underway to become fossil-free. There is no specific fossil-free alternative that is predicted to be able to solve the conversion issue without a combination of several, such as electricity, hydrogen and biofuel.  

The adjustment issue for aviation is not just an industry issue but also a societal issue. That is why we collaborate with other players, who are good at sustainable solutions. For example, we have leased a large area of land at the airport to Kalmar Energi to build Sweden's largest member-owned solar park, Törneby Solpark.  

And now we are working to establish electric aviation as soon as possible, perhaps with a solar cell-based charging infrastructure - simply locally produced aviation. 

We annually buy bio-jet fuel corresponding to our own business travel, and together with our owners Kalmar Municipality and Region Kalmar län as well as the municipal companies, we finance bio-jet fuel for business travel departing from Kalmar Öland Airport.

Through our commitment and that of others to buy biofuel, between 2018-2023, biofuel corresponding to 40,000 climate-neutral flights between Kalmar and Stockholm has been refueled at Kalmar Öland Airport - a number that is unique in aviation Sweden.

In our sustainability work, we also work with our local environment. We have, for example, invested in the development of Kalmar Dam, a wetland area that functions as nature's own treatment plant and takes care of the nitrogen that remains when our runways must be kept ice-free. In addition to treatment plants, the wetland also serves as a play area for fish and a nesting place for birds and swarms of biodiversity. 

Today, we are also proud to say that we are basically fossil-free in our own business. By replacing heavy vehicles with environmentally friendly ones, phasing out electric boilers to district heating and solar cells and installing geothermal heat, we have been able to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by nine tonnes per year, and also reduce other emissions by as much as 95%. 

Last but not least, we are of course environmentally certified according to ISO 14001.