Düsseldorf Airport wants to be climate neutral by 2035 – and to have zero emissions ten years later. The airport has now taken an important step towards achieving this goal: An innovation partnership with the neighboring EUREF Campus. On the one hand, the two partners want to provide technological impetus for energy efficiency in the building sector. In addition, the goal is to develop technologies for the decarbonization of air traffic, such as the production and provision of CO2-neutral kerosene.
Lars Redeligx, CEO of Düsseldorf Airport, emphasizes the importance of sustainable aviation for climate protection: "We know that the aviation industry must become part of the mobility transition if we want to achieve our climate protection goals. This innovation partnership will make an important contribution to sustainability in NRW and for the entire industry."
The first construction phase of the EUREF Campus will be completed by October 2024, and the second by mid-2025. More than 4,000 jobs will be created on approximately 80,000 square meters. Start-ups, companies and associations will develop new climate protection technologies here. In addition, four universities and colleges are involved in setting up Master's programs specializing in sustainable technologies at the EUREF Campus.
Düsseldorf Airport has already implemented projects to achieve its climate goals: In addition to two combined heat and power plants, the airport operates photovoltaic systems on two aircraft hangars and at a ground-mounted facility.