Climate change

With regard to carbon dioxide emissions, SEA is committed to maintaining the neutrality* level achieved through

  • constant and effective process rationalisation
  • use of renewable energy sources
  • purchase of carbon offsets

In 2014 SEA confirmed its leading position in Europe for both the Linate and Malpensa airports, within the level "3+neutrality" group along with 19 other airports, of which 2 Italian (Rome and Venice), which represent 13.6% of European traffic.

The performance of CO2 emissions under the control of the airport management reported a reduction in 2014 of 1.5% for Linate, while for Malpensa there was an increase of 5.4% due to the opening of the new satellite and new spaces inside Terminal 1.

The trend over the last seven years highlights a constant and far reaching commitment and SEA commits to maintain this level of neutrality through continued effective process rationalisation, the use of renewable energy sources and through the acquisition of offsets (scope 1 and 2).

  • CO2 emission trends

    Note: The emissions of SEA Energia are not included
    Source: SEA

  • CO2 emission trends

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    Source: 2011 Sustainability Report.

The actions implemented by SEA to reduce its CO2 emissions fall mainly within the scope of energy saving and sustainable mobility policies.

Energy saving

SEA has taken actions in the areas of lighting, air conditioning and innovation.

The lighting actions concerned both technological improvements, with the replacement of internal and external lights and operational improvements such as the turning-off of lights at night in places not utilised or the turning-off of runway lights on runways not used for noise reduction or maintenance activities.

The optimisation of the plant management software involved, in addition to the air conditioning, the baggage/cargo and passenger movement plant. LED lighting and high efficiency motors were also introduced.

The actions taken at both airports have resulted in energy savings compared to the previous year of 13,589 MWh in 2010 (-7.7% compared to 2009), of 8,353 MWh in 2011 (-5.1% compared to 2010) and of 1,080 MWh in 2012 (-0.7% compared to 2011), while in 2013 the increase of 6,665 MWh (+4.3% compared to 2012) was due to the opening of the third satellite at the airport, comprising an area of approx. 49,600 m2. The 3,169 MWh increase in 2014 (+2.0% compared to 2013) was more contained compared to 2013 despite the completion of new infrastructural spaces of approximately 18,500 m2 for operation of the third satellite. Despite the increases in energy consumption recorded in 2013 and 2014, its still remains 13,188 MWh lower than 2009 (-7.4%) the year when SEA began interventions related to an energy saving policy.

Sustainable mobility

SEA seeks to reduce direct and indirect emissions through sustainable mobility initiatives. In 2014 the initiatives concerning the use of public transport by employees for the work commute, the car sharing and car-pooling initiatives (involving employees and passengers) and the actions concerning the shuttle buses (public and private) continued.

SEA's policy to renovate and replace the air-side fleet (vehicles used for activities alongside airplanes and on aprons) with electrically powered vehicles has continued. Work continued in September to create the railway connection between the two terminals of Malpensa, which will make it possible to directly reach terminal 2 even from Milan.

The construction site opened to build the railway is managed by the Ferrovie Nord Milano Group, which also acts as overall job coordinator, while the terminal railway construction site is managed by SEA. The extension of the railway section (a total of 3.6 kilometres up to terminal 2) will make it possible to eliminate the impacts produced by vehicle traffic coming from the airport. The project includes the new railway station, a multi-storey car park and a pedestrian walkway.