Two French airports to switch ground vehicles to run on HVO100
Fire engines, refuelling lorries, farm machinery, and the auxiliary power units used to supply electricity to aircraft on stopovers are now fuelled with biodiesel at Cannes-Mandelieu airport.
HVO100 is produced from waste products such as used edible oils, animal fats and by-products from the paper-pulp sector. It is the only internationally recognised biofuel that can be used on its own and meets the EN 15940 standard. Over the entire life cycle, this results in saving at least 80% in CO2.
The two airports, which already hold the Airport Carbon Accreditation level 4+, are thus extending their efforts to decarbonise their ground handling operations.
For Cannes-Mandelieu airport, which uses 20,000 litres of diesel each year, the switch to biodiesel represents a further saving of 42 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, as one litre of diesel emits 2.67 kg of CO2. This volume represents half of the residual emissions from the airport.
The Golfe de Saint-Tropez airport has made the same commitment, which it will implement when the airport reopens on 15 March. With an annual diesel consumption of 4,000 litres each year, the switch to biodiesel represents a further saving of 8.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.
" No effort should be spared to reduce the carbon footprint of our activities in our region. Far from being the only solutions to be envisaged, technological developments represent opportunities that must be grasped without delay to achieve carbon neutrality as quickly as possible without offsetting. Our roadmap is clear, and we are committed to achieving neutrality by 2030," said Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of the Board of Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur.