EuroAirport - Offsetting and art on the building for climate protection

In cooperation with myclimate, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is launching a new service that allows passengers to calculate and offset the CO2 emissions of their flights. Under the core message "Memories of the Future" and in collaboration with art colleges from three countries, works of art will be exhibited at the airport from February 2022. The aim of these is to raise awareness of travel and the climate.

Exterior view of EuroAirport airport surrounded by trees

Photo: EuroAirport / Greg Gonzalez

A few clicks on the EuroAirport website will direct travellers to a tool that calculates the carbon footprint of their flight and the amount needed to offset it. Carbon offsetting is implemented through global myclimate projects which contribute to mitigate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, have an immediate impact on climate protection, and foster the long-term development of the host region.

"We welcome the fact that EuroAirport now offers passengers an easy way to take responsibility for the emissions from their flight," says Stephen Neff, Managing Director of myclimate. "Airlines, aircraft manufacturers and airports are working hard to reduce the climate impact of flights and develop climate-neutral alternatives. But this takes time. Offsetting is an action with immediate effects that can bridge the interim."

The airport's environmental strategy

Matthias Suhr, Managing Director, EuroAirport: “The partnership with myclimate supplements the existing measures adopted by the Airport to reduce CO2 emissions, like buying green electricity and the replacement of the airport’s fleet of vehicles through electric means of transport.” Sustainable development is anchored in EuroAirport’s mission. Noise protection and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are the twin pillars of the Airport’s environmental policy. Offering an offsetting opportunity is another concrete step in Airport’s environmental strategy. The idea to partner with myclimate was initiated by Basel-City national deputy in the National Council Christoph Eymann.

Art on the building

In this context, EuroAirport and myclimate have also entered into a partnership with the three art colleges in the tri-national region, namely the "Haute école des arts du Rhin" (HEAR) in Mulhouse, the "Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Institut Visuelle Kommunikation Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz" in Basel, and the "Hochschule Macromedia, Abteilung Bildende Kunst" in Freiburg-im-Breisgau. Students from the three art institutes are invited to create artworks (posters, digital works, sculptures, etc.) on the theme "Memories of the Future"; the works will be exhibited at the Airport early next year to raise awareness about travel and the climate. The artworks are also designed to sensitize passengers and the general public to their own CO2 emissions and encourage them to reduce and offset their flights.

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