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%
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
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
The Climate Group's CEO Helen Clarkson has congratulated
"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."
For further comment, please contact:
Great Scott Communications
+64 21 883 123
Senior Communications Advisor
The Climate Group
+44 20 7960 297