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CPK in the Smart Airports project. Green energy co-financing and reduction in CO2 emissions

The European consortium including the CPK received EUR 12 million of co-financing to develop green, environmentally friendly and smart airport design solutions. CPK partners include, i.a., the airports in Copenhagen, Rome and Vilnius.

The EU grant is provided from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Development in the following categories: “Building a low carbon, climate resilient future: Secure, clean and efficient energy”.

In addition to CPK, 15 institutions participated in the Smart Airports project, including, i.a.: International Air Transport Association (IATA), Copenhagen Airport, Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Lithuanian Airports (administrator of the airports in, i.a., Vilnius and Kaunas), University of Parma, Hamburg University of Technology and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).

The total amount of the grant is EUR 12 million, of which nearly EUR 500 thousand will be allocated to CPK. The CPK company, responsible for the design and construction of the CPK, was invited to participate as a partner airport by the Consortium Leader, Copenhagen Airport. As a result thereof, CPK participates in a pilot, innovative project to slow down climate change.

Our objective is lowcarbon infrastructure, and the European Smart Airports programme will enable us to achieve it. When planning the airport, we will use green solutions for smart energy and electromobility on a large scale

SAYS MARCIN HORAŁA, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, GOVERNMENT PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR THE CPK.

As the CPK company, we will work together with consortium partners on actions to reduce energy consumption, provide access to aviation biofuel and use low-carbon ground handling vehicles. The new airport and the high-speed rail system built at the same time will use the state-of-the-art solutions reducing the negative impact of transport on the environment.

EXPLAINS MIKOŁAJ WILD, THE PRESIDENT OF CPK.

We are aware that the European Commission has selected our project and that we will work together with partners such as CPK to develop a sustainable airport concept of the future. We intend to provide infrastructure for aircraft that may be supplied withelectricity, hydrogen or other sustainable fuels in the future. At the same time, we will investigate how to supply buildings, vehicles and aircraft in such a way as to ultimately eliminate carbon dioxide emissions.

SAYS THOMAS WOLDBYE, PRESIDENT OF THE COPENHAGEN AIRPORT.

The Smart Airports cooperation will last four years. Participation in the so-called Copenhagen consortium will provide the CPK company with unlimited access to all the results achieved (concepts, assumptions, design solutions and technologies) as well as the possibility of their implementation in the future. In the case of CPK, this may be the case both during the master planning stage and during the design and construction of the airport.

At the Copenhagen Airport in Denmark, priority will be given to the implementation of green solutions developed by the consortium. However, the Smart Airports project results will, at the same time, be adapted to partner airports: in Poland, Lithuania and Italy.

The implementation of sustainable green fuels and the green transformation of airport operations will require access to knowledge and know-how. It is for this purpose that we have gathered a professional international team. We look forward to this pan-European cooperation

SAYS LARS OVERGAARD, THE BUSINESS MANAGER AT THE DANISH TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, WHO MANAGED THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

The project is intended to contribute to the achievement of EU climate objectives by the airport industry and is in line with the new European Green Deal.

This is not the first of CPK’s sustainable energy actions. 25 September this year CPK and Polska Grupa Energetyczna signed a cooperation agreement to implement low-carbon energy projects. The preliminary arrangements assume that in the CPK Airport area, in accordance with the latest environmental requirements, a new combined heat and power plant will be built, which will be supplied with natural gas supported by solar panels, i.e. renewable energy sources (RES).

The agreement between CPK and PGE assumes the use of trigeneration, i.e. process-combined cogeneration of electricity, heat and cooling. Such a solution will reduce the amount and cost of energy necessary to generate each of these three sources separately. The cooperation of CPK and PGE and the planned large-scale use of RES also form part of the European climate policy.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 957824.

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Konrad Majszyk
Konrad Majszyk

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