International Airport Review
Tallinn Airport (TLL) has made the switch from gas heating to district heating in buildings on airport premises. This transition further adds to the airport’s energy independence and security of supply while also playing an important role in achieving its environmental goals.
Riivo Tuvike, Chairman of the Management Board of Tallinn Airport, has said that active analysis of alternative sources of heating began in March 2022. “We’d been planning to stop using gas for some time, and the situation in Europe sped up that process,” he further explained. “Back in March 2022 we started analysing how we could ensure heating for all of our buildings while meeting our environmental targets.”
Tuvike commented the switch to district heating will reduce the airport’s carbon footprint by almost 20 per cent. “Now we’re using sources other than gas for our energy, including wood chips, which will help us reach our target of being carbon-neutral by 2030,” added Tuvike. “Another positive is that making use of residue from local felling and timber-processing to generate heat cuts down on transport emissions and is in line with the principles of the circular economy, in which a use is found for all materials. Cost-effective management is something we can’t afford to forget about in the current economic climate. The total area of the buildings on the enclosed territory of the airport is 93,563m², of which 70,129m² is now covered by district heating. This year we’ve bought almost two million euros’ worth of gas to heat our buildings with. If we’d been using district heating, we would have paid around half as much.”