Christchurch Airport is the international gateway to the South Island. It is the busiest and most strategic southern air connection to the world's trade & tourism markets, one of only five gateway airports to Antarctica, and on track to welcome seven million passengers in 2018.
The airport is a major driver of the South Island regional economy, with more than 6000 personnel working for 250 companies on the airport campus making it the largest site of employment in the South Island. It is a partner in the “South” initiative, which sees all 13 regional tourism organisations working collegially to promote the South Island.
Christchurch Airport was named in the World Airport Awards as Best Regional Airport in Australasia, named the 2017 “Efficiency Champion” at the NZI Sustainable Business Network awards for significant reductions in energy use and received Silver Recognition from the Airport Council International’s Green Airports Recognition 2018.
It is a member of the Sustainable Business Network, the Sustainable Business Council and EV100 which is a global initiative for companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).
Message from the Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns:
Our people are proud that Christchurch Airport was an early signatory and strong supporter of the Climate Leaders’ Statement.
Our people believe the South Island is one of the best places in the world to live, work and play, with a truly unique and spectacular environment. We have a role, as kaitiaki, to look after this place for future generations.
Our team is committed to making an enduring impact through the way we behave and things we do to be great Kaitiaki for this place. Not only for our airport (and the 250 companies on the campus), but also our city and our country.
Our people are committed to protecting, and where possible improving, our environmental outcomes for the long term. This involves making permanent changes to the way we do business.
Businesses are part of communities and have a responsibility to work for great commercial, customer and sustainable outcomes!
Our Success Stories
Plugging in Planes
Christchurch Airport will soon be the first airport in New Zealand to have new electric ground-power units (GPUs) on all of the terminal’s jet aircraft stands. As their name suggests, GPUs are units that power aircraft while they are on the ground at the terminal. Without GPUs, planes have to run their engines or auxiliary power units, burning fuel, to run their systems.
Because these new GPUs use New Zealand’s mostly renewable electricity to power the aircraft, their use dramatically cuts carbon emissions. For example, every day when the Emirates A380 flies into Christchurch it plugs into a GPU, and saves around 1,000 kg of fuel and 3,150 kg of carbon emissions on each turnaround.
Recycling unrecyclable plastic into roads
Christchurch Airport is partnering with Fulton Hogan to trial new product Plastiphalt – an asphalt made from plastic that previously couldn’t be recycled. 250 tonnes of Plastiphalt has been laid at the airport’s fire station, which is the perfect place to trial the product as the fire engines that drive over it weigh up to 60 tonnes. Plastiphalt contains plastic chips that Fulton Hogan makes from used oil containers. There are 3,000 4-litre oil containers in the Plastiphalt laid at the airport. Plastiphalt took about four years of research to develop. It should last around 15 years, and after that it can be milled and recycled again into fresh asphalt.
100% commitment to EVs
Christchurch Airport is the first business in the South Island to sign up to a global initiative, EV100, committing to transitioning its vehicle fleet to 100% electric. EV100 is an initiative of The Climate Group, an international not-for-profit based in London, New Delhi and New York, with the mission of accelerating climate action. EV100 members commit to becoming 100% electric by 2030. The transport sector is the fastest growing contributor to climate change, however EVs are seen as a solution to this. The Climate Group's CEO Helen Clarkson says the airport is uniquely placed to encourage EV uptake. "With more than 10 million people visiting the terminal every year, the airport has an opportunity to make electric vehicles a more familiar sight in New Zealand, while demonstrating to airports around the world how it's done."
Energy efficiency champion
Reducing energy use and migrating to cleaner sources of energy are core parts of Christchurch Airport’s Sustainability Strategy. The airport has cut energy use in its new terminal by more than 21% since it opened in 2013 and won the NZI Sustainable Business Network Award for significant reductions in energy use in 2017.
A four year long long project saw the airport work alongside the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency (EECA) and energy consultants, Enercon, to reduce the amount of energy being used in the terminal. In its first year (FY13) the terminal used 16,992,136 kWh of electricity. A thorough energy audit identified a number of opportunities to reduce use. These included changing the way lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning were controlled in the terminal. A year later, energy use had been reduced by 3.5%. Further changes saved another 10% in FY15 and additional changes have saved another 9% since then. Migrating to cleaner sources of energy has also been a focus with Christchurch Airport the first business in New Zealand to install a unique system that borrows pure water from aquifers below the terminal to help heat and cool the building. The system, designed by BECA engineers, has since been used in other developments across Christchurch, including The Terrace, Burwood Hospital and King Edward Barracks.
Using artesian water like this is cost-effective, energy efficient and easy on the environment. All of the water the system uses is returned to the aquifer untouched.
The latest news from Christchurch Airport.
22 Feb 2019 | Vector
18 Feb 2019 | Meridian
Electrifying our vehicle fleet is one way that we can demonstrate our commitment, and also learn – and then share those learnings with the broader business community.
18 Feb 2019 | The Warehouse Group
15 Feb 2019 | The Warehouse Group
15 Feb 2019 | Stuff
13 Feb 2019 | Scoop
13 Feb 2019 | SKYCITY
12 Feb 2019 | Toyota
11 Feb 2019 | Enviro-Mark Solutions
7 Feb 2019 | Stuff
7 Feb 2019 | Vector
25 Jan 2019 | Wright Communications
22 Jan 2019 | Vector
22 Jan 2019 | Maori Television
22 Jan 2019 | Meridian Energy
22 Jan 2019 | Ports of Auckland
18 Jan 2019 | Air New Zealand
10 Jan 2019 | Architecture Now
10 Jan 2019 | ANZ
9 Jan 2019 | Thinkstep
7 Jan 2019 | Stuff
5 Jan 2019 | Stuff
20 Dec 2018 | Auckland Council
19 Dec 2018 | Stuff
19 Dec 2018 | Vector
18 Dec 2018 | Waikato Business News
18 Dec 2018 | Fonterra
17 Dec 2018 | Farmers Weekly
10 Dec 2018 | Sustainable Business Council
7 Dec 2018 | Ecostore
Most plastic is made from non-renewable petrochemicals. The extraction process and conversion into plastic releases carbon into the atmosphere, adding to climate change. So in 2014 we challenged ourselves to find a packaging alternative that goes beyond reducing emissions, and actually takes carbon out of the atmosphere. We found a packaging solution that can help to combat climate change. It’s plastic made from sugarcane.
6 Dec 2018 | Meridian Energy
6 Dec 2018 | Z Energy
4 Dec 2018 | Ports of Auckland
4 Dec 2018 | Meridian Energy; Westpac
3 Dec 2018 | Enviro-Mark Solutions
29 Nov 2018 | KPMG
29 Nov 2018 | Toyota New Zealand
29 Nov 2018 | Countdown
28 Nov 2018 | Enviro-Mark Solutions
28 Nov 2018 | Stuff
27 Nov 2018 | NZ Post
To assist our path finding we have developed a ‘decarbonisation roadmap’ that will help guide actions across the business – not just in operations – but in the way the whole organisation thinks about reducing carbon. From People teams to IT to Procurement, everyone will need to be involved.
26 Nov 2018 | Ngāi Tahu Holdings
23 Nov 2018 | IAG
Reducing energy use in our commercial buildings is an important part of our response to climate change. That’s why we are proud that our Christchurch office currently has the highest NABERSNZ whole building rating in New Zealand.
21 Nov 2018 | Orion
20 Nov 2018 | Auckland Council
20 Nov 2018 | Suncorp New Zealand
19 Nov 2018 | Countdown
19 Nov 2018 | Fonterra
16 Nov 2018 | 4sight Consulting
15 Nov 2018 | Wellington Zoo
13 Nov 2018 | Auckland Council
8 Nov 2018 | thinkstep
7 Nov 2018 | Flick
7 Nov 2018 | SKYCITY Entertainment Group
31 Oct 2018 | Waste Management
30 Oct 2018 | Vector
26 Oct 2018 | TIL Logistics Group
12 Oct 2018 | Vector
10 Oct 2018 | Mondiale
Mondiale Freight Services Ltd, a leading New Zealand based International Freight Forwarding, Warehousing and Logistics Company, is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and is actively working to reduce its carbon footprint.
9 Oct 2018 | Waste Management
4 Oct 2018 | Ecostore
Ecostore has announced that more than 80% of its packaging is made with renewable, sustainable sugar, and thanks to this significant investment, ecostore has helped save 4,485 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere since the company converted its packaging from petrochemical plastic to biobased ‘sugar’ plastic four years ago. The total savings achieved to date are equivalent to the amount of carbon emitted during 8,500 car journeys from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
27 Sep 2018 |
With new signatories including Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Panuku Development Auckland and Otago Polytechnic, the Coalition is pleased to welcome the first local council and first educational institution to join the growing ranks of organisations wanting to commit to climate action. Read more
27 Sep 2018 | WSP Opus
21 Sep 2018 | Auckland Council
21 Sep 2018 | Vector
11 Sep 2018 | Z Energy
Read about Z Energy’s approach to sustainability reporting and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
5 Sep 2018 | 4sight Consulting
4 Sep 2018 | Z Energy
4 Sep 2018 | Toyota New Zealand
22 Aug 2018 | Ravensdown
20 Aug 2018 | Otago Polytechnic
27 Jul 2018 | Auckland Airport
25 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
17 Jul 2018 | TIL Logistics Group
16 Jul 2018 | Kiwi Property
16 Jul 2018 | Synlait
16 Jul 2018 | Stuff
13 Jul 2018 | Kiwirail
12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
Supporting the announcement of the Climate Leaders Coalition and the signing of the CEO Climate Change Statement, the following document has been created to provide an overview of the Coalition, the case for a low emissions economy, and the background of Coalition members, business leaders, and their sentiment and action in this space. Read more
12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
60 businesses making up nearly fifty percent of New Zealand’s emissions have joined forces to tackle the issue of climate change.
It’s a significant move by the New Zealand business community, being praised as “strong” and “unprecedented” by local and global organisations.
On a mission to reduce emissions in New Zealand, the group of 60 CEOs have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition, recognising the role that business can play in bringing about change and signing a joint statement, which commits their companies to action. Read more
12 Jul 2018 | Meridian Energy
Business leaders embrace the opportunity of a low-carbon future, says Meridian. Meridian Energy is proud to be one of 60 businesses that today have signed the CEO Climate Change Statement, the first step taken by the Climate Leaders Coalition to drive positive change. Read more
12 Jul 2018 | Ravensdown
Ravensdown is one of 60 leading New Zealand businesses whose CEOs have signed a commitment to measure and publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions and work with suppliers to reduce their emissions.
12 Jul 2018 | Skycity
12 Jul 2018 | Spark
12 Jul 2018 | 3R
12 Jul 2018 | Deloitte
12 Jul 2018 | NZ Post
12 Jul 2018 | Vector
12 Jul 2018 | KiwiRail
12 Jul 2018 | Ports of Auckland
12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition