Published on May 24th, 2023 | by Jenny Jacobs


daa to Incentivise Airlines To Reduce CO₂ Emissions

daa will shortly commence consultation with airlines on the next phase of its environmental charging strategy, which proposes to introduce new discounts to incentivise the operation of newer, quieter and cleaner aircraft at Dublin Airport. A 25% discount off all runway charges will be available to all airlines that operate the most environmentally friendly aircraft at all times of the day. The expected multi-million euro discounts are expected to go live within the next six months. Dublin Airport has already secured carbon-neutral status for emissions under its direct control.

daa introduced the first phase of its environmental charging strategy last year and already applies higher charges for noisier aircraft which operate at night. Phases 1 and 2 of the noise reduction scheme focus on penalising aircraft noise at night via surcharges. Airlines operating at Dublin Airport are projected to achieve discounts on published aeronautical charges in excess of €30 million this year. Airlines with aircraft based at Dublin Airport, such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus, reap the largest share of these incentives.

The group acknowledges challenges remain for the aviation and travel industry to recover fully from the impacts of the past three years but says all players in the aviation ecosystem are committed to working together to meet global climate change and sustainability targets.

Kenny Jacobs, daa CEO, the operator of Dublin Airport said: “At daa, we are embedding environmental sustainability into everything we do. We are acutely aware of the scale of the task of achieving the government’s target of a 51% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions at our airports by 2030, on our way to our ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. “We are fully committed to delivering on these targets while in parallel, working alongside aviation stakeholders and our airline partners to support the sector’s transition to a more sustainable model for the future and addressing our Scope 3 emissions.”

In 2022, the company reduced its carbon emissions by 24% at Dublin Airport and 38% at Cork Airport versus a 2018 baseline average. This was achieved by implementing a robust energy management process, continued LED upgrade works, a fleet replacement program, and participation in the SEAI and OPW Reduce Your Use Campaign. They have also exceeded their recycling target by achieving a 46% recycling rate at Dublin Airport.

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Jenny has been involved behind the scenes with Flying In Ireland since it’s foundation in 2002, initially creating the crosswords for the hard copy magazine. Since returning to Ireland from the UK at the beginning of this year she has begun to write more regularly for the website. Jenny is a director and the operations manager of a dedicated online pilot supplies shop and consultancy for pilots in Ireland in partnership with FlyingInIreland Editor Mark Dwyer. Their 4 year old daughter Maeve is the boss.

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