Toulon Hyères Airport becomes first French airport to reach net zero emissions

VINCI Concessions

According to its operator, VINCI Concessions, the Toulon Hyères Airport (TLN) has become the first French airport to reach net zero emissions within its operational scope. 

Since 2018, the airport has implemented various measures to reduce its CO2 emissions, including adopting energy efficiency policies, replacing lighting with LEDs, using biofuels for ground vehicles, and purchasing renewable electricity. Additionally, the airport is involved in a reforestation project in collaboration with regional partners to offset its residual emissions. 

“Toulon Hyères airport is a perfect illustration of the decarbonisation policy rolled out by VINCI Concessions since 2016 in all its airports worldwide,” Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports commented. “We are proud that it has reached net zero emissions for its direct activities. All VINCI Concession’ teams are mobilised to achieve this goal in all the European Union airports and also at London Gatwick by 2030.” 

On March 29, 2024, the airport inaugurated a solar power station in canopy structures over its parking lot. SunMind, a subsidiary of VINCI Concessions, carried out the installation. This station covers 180 parking spaces and will generate 690 MWh of green electricity annually to power the airport, with any surplus production directed to the urban grid. A second solar power plant planned for 2026 will cover 630 parking spaces. 

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