In 2021, Budapest Airport set the primary goal to reach net zero emissions 15 years earlier than previously committed, by 2035 at the latest, which it will achieve along its so-called zero carbon roadmap. One of the ways to achieve this is through the development of e-mobility at the airport, which has been a key focus area for the company in recent years.
Budapest Airport is constantly developing the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, both inside and outside the airport fence, and continuously encourages its partner companies to develop e-mobility as well. Recently, 76 conventional ground handling vehicles, as well as 10 fleet and manager cars were replaced with electric or hybrid models, saving a total of 140,000 liters of fuel and 350 tons of carbon dioxide per year. So far, Budapest Airport has installed 31 electric vehicle charging points, 12 of which are located in the airside and 19 in the landside, i.e. in the freely accessible part of the airport. Budapest Airport has assisted in the installation of a further 30 electric charging stations on the airport premises for its partners engaged in ground transportation. Főtaxi, Budapest Airport’s contracted taxi partner also prioritizes the promotion of e-mobility, and has already replaced 30% of its fleet with electric vehicles. There are already six ultra fast electric chargers in Főtaxi’s buffer car park at the airport, which is expected to increase by 26 charging points by the end of 2025.
In addition, last year the airport operator concluded a contract for the installation of 35 more chargers and the implementation of an IT system to integrate them, which is currently being rolled out. The system will also handle tasks related to usage and invoicing, whereby users will be able to use the chargers easily. The existing online e-charger booking system helps staff with electric cars to book chargers for their company and private cars quickly and easily.
The next major step in this series of developments will be the installation of an additional 176 e-chargers. The construction of 134 charging stations will be financed 50 percent by the company and 50 percent by the European Union. In December 2021, Budapest Airport was included in the government’s list of projects to be financed by the Connecting Europe Facility for the significant development of electric charging infrastructure, which will provide a total of 1.3 billion HUF (3.2 million EUR) to install additional chargers for ground handlers, airport service vehicles and the airport-based vehicles of partner companies. The project will run for 36 months, and the extent of EU support is 50 percent, nearly 650 million forints (1,601,250 million euro). The remaining 42 e-chargers will be installed by the airport operator using its own resources.