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Dublin Airport is taking steps to reduce pressure on the environment


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The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is looking to incentivise more eco-friendly aircraft for its runway movements by cutting charges for airlines that use them. The current charge stands at €6.90 per tonne up to 175 tonnes and an additional €1.95 for every tonne over that in the summer, while in the winter it is €2.50 per tonne. Under the new system, the DAA proposes a 25% reduction in charges for airlines that use the most environment-friendly aircraft at all times. This is set to be implemented in the next six months.

The DAA is also aiming to increase charges for aircraft that produce more noise or emit higher levels of emissions. Part of its environmental charging strategy was introduced last year and focused on higher charges for noisier aircraft at night. The DAA estimates that airlines operating at Dublin Airport will receive discounts of more than €30 million this year.

Kenny Jacobs, the DAA’s chief executive, said that they are “fully committed” to achieving their environmental targets of a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. He added that they are “working alongside aviation stakeholders and our airline partners to support the sector’s transition to a more sustainable model for the future.”

Ryanair is one example of a company that is taking steps to move towards more fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. It recently placed an order for 300 new Boeing 737-Max 10 aircraft, which burn 20% less fuel and are 50% quieter than its previous models. Additionally, it has invested $22bn in 210 new Boeing 737-8200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft that are 16% more fuel-efficient and 40% quieter.

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