Sustainability - Scandinavian Mountains Airport
Scandinavian Mountains Airport has an incentive to nurture nature and the environment in which we operate and live.
Scandinavian Mountains Airport is located on the Swedish-Norwegian border in the heart of Scandinavians largest alpine ski resorts. The Airport is built on the the site of Sälen aerodrome from the 1970’s. The strategic position of the airport allows for easy access to both Norwegian and Swedish ski-fields which are used both during winter and the summer when other activities such as mountain biking take over. In this region tourism is of extreme importance to the local economy and sustainability is a key component of long-term tourism.
Scandinavian Mountains Airport is a regional initiative in a relatively remote region of the country where regional development is of extreme importance for creating long term growth through employment and an increase in the locally based population. Scandinavian Mountains Airport is 100% privately owned with a strong local ownership from companies on both sides of the border. Tourism has become of significant importance to the economy of both Sweden and Norway. The industry is staff intensive and gives vital opportunities for employment across a wide range of demographic backgrounds.
Scandinavian Mountains Airport has been built to create accessability to this region which today is void of any air traffic services. Reduction of carbon emissions is a key focus of the airport and we strive to see this reduction achieved through better practices and advances in technology. An increasing use of electric vehicles is for example a key part of this strategy going forward. During the construction of the Airport, all earthworks excavations on the airport site are taken hand of and used in other areas of the airport precinct. LED lighting is to be installed across the entire airport and thermal heating will be used for the terminal and maintenance buildings.
Once in operation, airport charges will be applied to airlines relative to the type of aircraft. Hence, more modern aircraft which are quieter and more fuel efficient will pay lesser charges than airlines using older aircraft equipment.
The Swedish aviation industry has, through the trade association Svenskt Flyg, produced a roadmap for how Swedish flights can become fossil-free. The roadmap shows how domestic flights can be fossil-free in 2030 and how flights starting from Swedish airports can be fossil-free in 2045.
The industry, along with the 10 other industries in Sweden, has submitted its roadmap to the government – which contributes to the Riksdag’s goal of a climate-neutral society in 2045. This work is collected nationally under the name Fossil-free Sweden.
Scandinavian Mountains Airport is a member of the association’s regional airports (SRF) where one of the objectives is a fossil-free air travel in 2030.
Globally, aviation’s carbon dioxide emissions account for about two percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The total climate impact is estimated to correspond to up to four per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions because parts of the emissions are at high altitudes.
Sweden’s share of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions is about two per thousand, and in Sweden, the carbon dioxide emissions, in and internationally, of the aircraft account for about five per cent of Sweden’s total carbon dioxide emissions. Scandinavian Mountains Airport’s initial share of Swedish aviation’s carbon dioxide emissions is estimated at two per thousand.
Climate impact when sitting in a full airplane is about as big as if you drive the same stretch alone in a regular petrol car.