CO2-neutral operations the focus of partnership with Christchurch Airport

The climate partnership between Christchurch and Hamburg airports connects New Zealand and northern Germany: On Monday, New Zealand Ambassador Craig Hawke and Trade Commissioner Simon Hearsey visited Hamburg Airport to learn about the airport's innovative decarbonisation measures. Both airports already operate CO2-neutrally and are developing infrastructure for green hydrogen. The common goal: to reduce fossil CO2 emissions to zero.

Craig Hawke, New Zealand Ambassador to Germany, said: "We welcome the partnership between Hamburg Airport and Christchurch Airport as an excellent example of the dynamic spirit and ambition that drives New Zealand-Germany relations. Thanks to such innovative pioneers, both countries are moving closer to achieving our shared climate goals - by decarbonising our transport sectors."

Michael Eggenschwiler, Chief Executive Officer at Hamburg Airport, said: "We are delighted to have an experienced partner in Christchurch Airport to help us advance our shared ambitious climate goals. Ambassador Craig Hawke's visit underlines once again that we are taking a pioneering role in decarbonisation, which is attracting attention beyond Hamburg. With New Zealand, we are pooling our know-how in an exemplary way at international level to work towards CO2-free airport operations and a future with sustainably operated aircraft. This involves both H2-powered vehicles on the ground and infrastructure for hydrogen-based aircraft engines. The future of energy and heat supply with self-generated green electricity is also an important area of cooperation."

Climate partnership between Hamburg Airport and Christchurch Airport

The cooperation between the two airports is intended, among other things, to identify technical and operational solutions with which CO2 emissions can be further reduced. Both partners also want to actively prepare and promote the future use of green hydrogen as an emission-free energy carrier in aviation and exploit synergy effects. In building a hydrogen infrastructure, the airports face the challenge, among other things, of developing suitable technical storage options - for example for cryogenic liquefied hydrogen, the use of which in aviation appears possible by 2035. In addition to the focus on vehicle fleets and future aircraft engines, emission-free energy and heat supply are also at the centre of the joint exchange. The different approaches to the production and use of wind energy and photovoltaics for a CO2-free energy supply for the entire airport infrastructure are important topics in order to achieve the common goal of Net Zero as quickly as efficiently.

via Hamburg Airport