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Fiumicino airport is the first airport in Italy to make SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) available, a blend of traditional Jet with a biogenic component, the latter capable of reducing CO2 emissions by 60-90%.
Thanks to the strategic agreement signed between ADR and Eni, the new ITA company has been able to use SAF on some flights from the first day of operations. It is a further acceleration of Aeroporti di Roma in terms of sustainability after Fiumicino airport obtained, as the first airport in Europe, the highest certification Airport Carbon Accreditation 4+ "Transition" issued by ACI Europe, in line with the goal of eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions already by 2030, well in advance of the original sector targets, declared last year and set in the Sustainability-Linked Bond issued last April.
The agreement with Eni, which allowed SAF to be distributed in record time in Fiumicino with a view to further dissemination in the short term, provides for the definition of a joint programme for the development of sustainable mobility services and distribution to end customers, as well as for the decarbonisation of land vehicles and energy integration projects, in line with the most advanced transition and digitalisation models.
“The decarbonisation of the sector” said CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, Marco Troncone - is an absolute priority, and immediate answers and concrete actions are needed: for the reduction of air traffic emissions the answer today is SAF and, thanks to the partnership with Eni, its diffusion begins today in Fiumicino. We are happy that ITA represents a new element also on the green front, with the use of SAF in Fiumicino as early as on the day of its debut. It is a significant sign of the desire to implement innovative, sustainable and truly effective solutions for the recovery of a strategic sector for our territory and for the Country. The challenge now is to ensure that the supply of sustainable fuel can soon be an option available to all carriers that request it: to this end, it will be essential to put in place an incentive policy for a rapid increase in production and to guarantee cost levels that are compatible with the market.”
Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino and carries out other activities associated with and supplementary to airport management. Fiumicino has two passenger terminals and is dedicated to business and leisure customers on national, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express couriers and General Aviation activities. In 2019, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 49.4 million passengers with over 240 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome, thanks to the approximately 100 airlines operating in the two airports (In 2020, following the effects induced by Covid-19 on air transport, Fiumicino airport recorded just 9.8 million passengers, whilst Ciampino airport closed the year with 1.6 million passengers). In 2020 the Airports Council International Europe awarded Leonardo da Vinci the "Best Airport Award 2020". For the third consecutive year, Leonardo da Vinci was confirmed first place out of the European hubs with over 40 million passengers. The award is added to the recognition of Airports Council International World which, in 2020, for the third consecutive year, awarded Leonardo da Vinci the "Airport Service Quality 2019" award as the most popular airport in Europe amongst the hubs with more than 40 million passengers. ADR's management capacity is also confirmed by the awards received in 2019 by Skytrax, the main international rating and assessment company in the airport sector, which confirmed the 4 Skytrax stars obtained by Fiumicino in 2017.
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