3Q 2022

Analyst Insight: Transport Buildings in a Decarbonized Future

Building Stock Database Insights

This Analyst Insight focuses on the nexus of the world of carbon capture and storage and airports as part of a broader discussion on the decarbonization of transport buildings. An August 2022 report by Cranfield University, UK, entitled “The Viability of Carbon Capture at Airports Using Innovative Approaches,” is the main point of departure.

Decarbonizing the aviation industry has been a priority amid the energy transition. For example, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is set to become an international mandatory compliance carbon offset and reduction plan in 2027. Major airline companies are now forward-buying or pre-purchasing direct air capture (DAC) credits as part of their decarbonization endeavors. But what about airports themselves? Looking at Aberdeen Airport in Scotland, Indira Gandhi International Airport in India, San Francisco International Airport in the US, and London Luton Airport  in the UK, researchers at Cranfield University recorded CO2 emissions up to 100 kilo tonnes per annum through various sources of emissions such as power generation and ground operations. Combining DAC engineered carbon removals with green hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could help airports advance their net-zero ambitions. In terms of building stock, estimates are that current carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) engineering methods could require up to 2.5km2 (~0.97mi²) of space at airports.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 3
  • What are key methods and strategies airports are using to decarbonize?
  • Can DAC be integrated into airports?
  • What are the market mechanisms the aviation industry is using for decarbonization?
  • How much wind capacity will likely be installed in 2022 in key global countries?
  • What is the potential for using idle land at airports for on-site renewable power?
  • How significant are HVAC improvements to airport energy efficiency?
  • What are some of the key recommendations for governments, policymakers, and market stakeholders?
  • What will be the cumulative new net building stock (Mm2) by segment across world markets up to 2030?
  • Airport operators
  • Utilities and renewable energy providers
  • Airlines and aviation industry members
  • DAC carbon removal suppliers
  • Materials manufacturers for HVAC components
  • Government agencies, policymakers, and aviation/decarbonization researchers
  • Investor community



Executive Summary

Decarbonization in the Aviation Sector Overview

Airport Decarbonization Strategies

Airport Building HVAC Improvements

Market Forecast


Acronyms, Resources and Contact

  • Airport Decarbonization Strategies
  • CCUS Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2022-2031
  • Cumulative Net New Building Stock (Mm2) by Segment, World Markets: 2022-2030
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