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18 Jun 2018

Christchurch Airport leading the charge to electric vehicles

Christchurch Airport is the first business in the South Island to sign up to a global initiative, EV100, committing to transitioning its vehicle fleet to 100% electric.

Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns says the move will strengthen the airport's efforts to become even more sustainable.

"We are continually looking at our operations and challenging ourselves to become greener. Energy use is a key focus for us, we have cut the terminal's energy use by 20% since 2013. With the transport sector the fastest- growing contributor to climate change, transitioning our vehicle fleet to electric is a sensible next step."

The airport already has eight electric vehicles (EVs) so its fleet is currently 40% electric. It also hosts Yoogo an EV sharing scheme for community use.

EV100 is an initiative of The Climate Group, an international not-for-profit based in
London, New Delhi and New York, with the mission of accelerating climate action. EV100 members commit to becoming 100% electric by 2030.

The Climate Group's CEO Helen Clarkson has congratulated Christchurch Airport.

"With 6.5 million people visiting the terminal every year, the Airport has an opportunity to make electric vehicles a more familiar sight in New Zealand, while demonstrating to airports around the world how it's done."

Malcolm Johns says Christchurch Airport is now challenging other businesses to make the commitment to EVs.

"The South Island has a unique and spectacular environment and we all need to do our bit to preserve it for future generations. Our team is delighted to be part of EV100 and takes great pride in doing what we can to look after our place in the world."