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Wellington Airport press release
Wellington Airport scored highly for sustainability in an independent global assessment, ranked third in the world for participating airports.

The assessment was carried out by GRESB which assesses the performance and management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts of companies around the world.

Wellington Airport scored 98 out of 100, ranking 23rd overall out of 649 entities across a range of industries.

As part of this, Wellington Airport was ranked first in the world among airports for ESG performance and equal first among all industries. The airport also achieved a 5-star GRESB rating for the first time, recognizing entities in the top 20% of the benchmark.

“It’s a fantastic result and reflects a lot of hard work that has gone on behind the scenes over the past few years,” said Wellington Airport general manager Matt Clarke. “It’s great to have a credible, independent assessment showing where we stand globally.”

Recent improvements at Wellington Airport include:

Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and infrastructure
Recycling of 100% of the asphalt removed from our 2021 runway surface (nearly 18,000 tons)
Divert a third of total waste from landfill last year
Replacing a third of our vehicle fleet with electric vehicles so far.

“At the same time, there is still a lot of work to do. Our goal is to significantly reduce our waste, water and energy consumption by 2030.

“It is also essential that we help the aeronautical industry to decarbonise. We’re leading a technical group with other New Zealand airports and airlines looking at requirements to support electric flights, and we’ve partnered with electric aircraft maker Heart Aerospace.

The overall GRESB score is based on performance (60%) and management (40%).

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