Munich Airport will become Germany's first airport to achieve carbon-neutral operations. The governing bodies of the airport operating company adopted a resolution to approve this ambitious target at their meetings today. It states that the CO2 emissions directly attributable to the airport's operations will be reduced by 60 percent by 2030. The remaining 40 percent will take the form of carbon offsets. These are to be generated whenever possible through certified projects at the regional level. The costs of this climate protection program between now and 2030 will total 150 million euros.
April 2016 sees the opening of the new satellite terminal at Munich Airport, with which the airport will gain a passenger terminal that sets new environmental and energy efficiency standards. The very latest building materials and innovative heating, cooling and lighting technologies will ensure that energy usage is reduced to a minimal level: CO2 emissions generated by the building will be 40% lower than those emitted by the airport’s existing terminal buildings. Contributing to this reduction are the “climate façades”, found on the longitudinal sides of the building, which enable passengers (via escalators) to change between the building’s three passenger levels. These 4.5-metre-wide spaces separate the heated or cooled building proper from the open air and act as an accessible climate buffer. The façade is made of a newly-developed type of glass which allows daylight through, but which – by means of a special coating – keeps out solar radiation, including heat.