VINCI celebrates reaching net zero emissions and inaugurates a first solar power plant at Toulon Hyères Airport

VINCI Airports has celebrated reaching net zero emissions at Toulon Hyères Airport. It has also inaugurated a new roof-top solar power plant at the airport to provide electricity from renewable sources.

VINCI Airports – a Corporate Partner of the FTE Digital, Innovation & Startup Hub – has celebrated reaching net zero emissions at Toulon Hyères Airport.

The airport’s environmental action plan, implemented at the initiative of VINCI Airports, which has been managing the airport since 2015, has made it possible to reduce the airport’s direct CO2 emissions by 92.5% between 2018 and 2022 thanks to:

  • Introduction of an energy efficiency policy (motion detectors, temperature set points, etc).
  • Replacement of conventional lightbulbs with LEDs in the terminal and aircraft parking zones.
  • Replacement of a heavy-fuel boiler by heat pumps.
  • Use of electric or biofuel-powered runway vehicles.
  • Signature of a guaranteed renewable energy electricity contract.

Toulon Hyères Airport has also inaugurated its first roof-top solar power plant. Installed on the roof of the car-rental car park, it could produce up to 690 MWh per year of electricity for the airport. Any surplus production will be injected into the urban grid. A second solar power plant at the airport is scheduled for 2026.

“Toulon Hyères Airport is a perfect illustration of the decarbonisation policy rolled out by VINCI Concessions since 2016 in all its airports worldwide,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports. “We are proud that it has reached net zero emissions for its direct activities. All VINCI Concessions teams are mobilised to achieve this goal in all the European Union airports and also at London Gatwick by 2030. Inauguration of the solar power plant also demonstrates our determination to provide our infrastructure assets with electricity from renewable sources, as here, in partnership with our subsidiary SunMind.”



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