SDG Initiatives at Three Kansai Airports

Kansai Airports Group is working to promote SDGs, which aim for a sustainable and better world. Here are some of our efforts for each category.

SDGs

SDG Initiatives at Three Kansai Airports

The SDGs stand for the “Sustainable Development Goals,” which are international goals that aim to achieve a sustainable and better world by 2030 for all people to continue to live on this planet. They consist of 17 goals and 169 targets, and pledge to leave no one behind.
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-SDG Initiatives at Three Kansai Airports-

Environment

Japan's first sustainable aviation fuel

Japan's first sustainable aviation fuel

Kansai Airport, in collaboration with JGC Holdings Corporation and Revo International Inc., has signed a basic agreement to cooperate in supplying waste cooking oil discharged from restaurants and other facilities in the three airports operated by the Kansai Airports Group as raw materials for the SAF*1 production business.

*1 SAF is a biofuel made from plants and waste oil. It is believed to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional fuels made from crude oil.

With the aim of becoming the first in Japan to start large-scale commercial production of SAF in 2025, we will contribute to securing used cooking oil by promoting the importance of SAF to restaurants and hotels in the three airports, local restaurants and schools, and local communities, and by calling for cooperation in collecting used cooking oil.

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Together with everyone, let’s make eco-friendly biofuels together!

Toward the realization of hydrogen-powered aircraft operations

Toward the realization of hydrogen-powered aircraft operations

Kansai Airports has formed a partnership with Airbus to work together towards the introduction of hydrogen-fueled aircraft at the three airports in Kansai. The partnership with Airbus is the first of its kind at an airport in Japan.

Hydrogen can be produced from renewable energy sources and is one of the most promising decarbonization solutions that do not emit CO2 when used. Both companies will contribute to the decarbonization of the aviation industry, leveraging the expertise in our respective fields.

Kansai Airports will study the infrastructure needed at the airport to prepare for the operation of hydrogen-fueled aircraft in Japan.

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We will make sure to fly the first hydrogen-powered aircraft at a Japanese airport!

Planting seaweed around the airport so that sea creatures can live

Planting seaweed around the airport so that sea creatures can live

Planting seaweed around the airport so that sea creatures can live

Kansai International Airport (KIX) is an island built by reclaiming land in the sea five kilometers away from the opposite shore, aiming for an airport without noise pollution. Many seaweeds, such as wakame and kajime, grow on the gently sloping seawall surrounding the island, creating a habitat for sea creatures. Of the seaweed beds in the whole of Osaka Prefecture, as much as approximately 20% are located at KIX. About 200 species of fish and shellfish have been identified so far, including redspotted grouper and sea bream.

We are also working in collaboration with fishermen to improve the environment for marine resources in Osaka Bay by surveying marine life habitat conditions in the vicinity waters and releasing fish into coastal areas as spawning parents.

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So it‘s true that the sea around KIX is a fish paradise!

Cleaning up used water at the airport!

Cleaning up used water at the airport!

Water used at KIX is treated at the Purification Center on the airport island and reused as gray water* for flushing toilets in the airport facilities. The KOBE Airport makes effective use of water resources by installing equipment that can collect and filter rainwater. Kansai Airports are making efforts to save water by installing automatic water taps and using water-saving models when renovating toilets.   

*1 Undrinkable water that can be used for toilet flushing and industrial use.

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We’re cleaning up the water and reusing it on the airport island!

Waste reduction and recycling

Waste reduction and recycling

We are working to reduce waste and increase the recycling rate by sorting and separately collecting garbage generated at the airports. We have installed food waste disposers that process food waste without burning in the KIX and ITAMI cafeterias. We will install them in the restaurants and shops in the terminal buildings, with the aim of reducing the amount of food waste that needs to be incinerated at the airports. Aiming to realize environmentally friendly airports—Plastic-free Airports—, we will promote measures to reduce disposable plastic waste, which include changing shopping bags at directly managed stores to eco-friendly materials, and plastic straws to alternative materials, such as paper straws.

Kansai Airports promote plastic waste measures as follows:

  • Use of paper (FSC certification) shopping bags
  • Use of paper straws, paper cups, and wooden muddlers at airline lounges
  • Use of wooden cup holders
  • Raising awareness through original eco-bags and eco-badges
  • Reuse of suitcases
  • Free water machines for anyone to feel free to refill their own bottles
  • Setting up a no-plastic-bottle day for employees
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Avoid producing garbage as much as possible and use environmentally friendly products. That’s important!

Active use of hydrogen energy!

Active use of hydrogen energy!

We are working on the use of hydrogen energy, which is drawing attention as a new energy source. Hydrogen stations are already in place at KIX and ITAMI, and fuel cell vehicles are being introduced for commercial use. In some cargo sheds at KIX, 22 fuel cell forklifts running on hydrogen are in operation. They do not emit exhaust gases and odors as well as CO2, so the air in the sheds is very clean. They are also quiet, which not only reduces environmental load but also greatly improves the working environment.

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Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are used also for our employees on the airport island!

Aiming for zero greenhouse gas emissions

Aiming for zero greenhouse gas emissions

Aiming for zero greenhouse gas emissions

Kansai Airports Group has set a long-term goal of virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and is taking the following steps to achieve this goal:

Promotion of Energy Saving
To ensure efficient energy use, we use a system called BEMS*1 to monitor and analyze energy use. This helps in the efficient operation of equipment and early detection of problems. We are progressively installing and updating energy-efficient equipment.

Introduction of Renewable Energy
We promote the use of renewable energy, such as solar power and small wind power, as well as hydrogen energy.

Promotion of EVs
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles is another important issue. We are actively introducing eco-cars, such as hybrids, as well as ZEVs (Zero-emission Vehicles), such as electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles.

Promoting LED for airfield lighting
We have introduced LED in Island 2, and are progressively working to convert all airfield lighting to LED by 2030.

*1 Building Energy Management System: Using this system, we are building an energy management system that allows centralized collection, management, information sharing, and analysis of energy data.

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We use environmentally friendly energy for clean airports!

Environmental management to reduce CO2 emissions

Environmental management to reduce CO2 emissions

KIX, ITAMI, and KOBE are the first Japanese airports to receive Level 4 ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) from the ACI (Airports Council International), an international organization of airport authorities. The ACA is a program that evaluates efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, and 357 airports worldwide have been certified as of November 2021.
We also provide information on environmental monitoring and environmental reports on our website to our airports users, airport officials, and local residents.

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It’s taking a lot of effort from a lot of people to reduce CO2!