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Two French private airports convert fossil-fuelled vehicles in sustainability drive

Two French airports convert fossil-fuelled vehicles in sustainability drive

Cannes-Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports in France have announced that their internal combustion vehicles that cannot be converted to fully electric engines will now be fuelled with biodiesel.

Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, which operates the airports, said the move will result in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent over their entire lifecycle. The two airports already hold a Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Fire engines, refuelling lorries, farm machinery and the auxiliary power units used to supply electricity to aircraft on stopovers are now fuelled with biodiesel at Cannes-Mandelieu airport.

Franck Goldnadel, chairman of the board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, said: “No effort should be spared to reduce the carbon footprint of our activities in our region.

“Far from being the only solutions to be envisaged, technological developments represent opportunities that must be grasped without delay to achieve carbon neutrality as quickly as possible without offsetting.”

He added: “Our roadmap is clear, and we are committed to achieving neutrality by 2030.”

For Cannes-Mandelieu airport, which uses 20,000 litres of diesel each year, the switch to biodiesel represents a further saving of 42 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, as one litre of diesel emits 2.67 kg of CO2. This volume represents half of the residual emissions from the airport.

The Golfe de Saint-Tropez airport has made the same commitment, which it will implement when the airport reopens on 15 March.

With an annual diesel consumption of 4,000 litres, the switch to biodiesel represents a further saving of 8.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, according to Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur.

The conversion to biodiesel fuelled vehicles comes after the airports electrified their compatible vehicles and all ground handling operations, installed anti-smog boxes and removed the gas boilers, used to regulate the temperature in the terminals, in moves to decarbonise.

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