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Aeroporti di Roma’s strategy to welcome the recovery of traffic and build the airport of the future

Marco Troncone, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, outlines how they plan to move forward from the COVID-19 crisis and how they are eager to accelerate both sustainable, innovative, and passenger-centric initiatives.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the most severe and persistent crisis that the air transport sector has ever faced. Dealing with the health emergency by working to contribute to the gradual recovery of traffic and restore passenger confidence, while simultaneously offering our support to the institutions and the community, has represented an incredible challenge for Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), as well as an opportunity to look to the future and reflect upon the evolution of our sector.

Sustainability

The events of the last two years have indeed strengthened our perspective regarding those that should be seen as the central pillars of our strategy to transform our airports into the ‘smart hubs’ of the future: i.e., sustainability, innovation, quality and development, as part of a people-centric overall approach.

Sustainability is, for us, a key driver, fully integrated in every aspect of our business with the primary goal of zeroing our CO2 emissions by 2030 – at least 20 years ahead of the sector’s targets at European level – with a plan mainly aimed at renewable sources and electric mobility, including investments in the construction of multi-MW photovoltaic plants and low‑carbon transport infrastructures, electric charging stations and the enhancement of electric car sharing.

As part of our plan to contribute to the decarbonisation of the whole aviation sector, we are now strongly committed to ensuring the distribution of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to airlines: In October 2021, Fiumicino Airport (FMO) was the first airport in Italy to make SAF available and, thanks to a fruitful partnership with Eni, around 3,000 tonnes of Jet fuel + Eni SAF recently arrived at Fiumicino, which will allow ITA Airways to power two routes throughout 2022.

Reduction of energy consumption, photovoltaic systems, decarbonisation, optimisation of separate waste collection, reduction of drinking water consumption, are thus Aeroporti di Roma’s main areas of commitment – a commitment which we have made even more mandatory and monitored by placing a €500 million sustainability-linked bond, a globally innovative operation, which directly links the cost of debts to the objectives concerning the reduction of direct and indirect CO2 emissions controlled by ADR, but also of those depending on third parties.

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