WFS decarbonises air cargo facilities at Copenhagen Airport

Solar panels on WFS facility at Copenhagen Airport. Photo: WFS

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has partnered with NRGreen to power its air cargo facilities at Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport with solar power and decarbonise its operations.

The 1.4MW solar power system initiative involves positioning 3,500 high efficiency solar panels across the existing 10,000 sq m roof area of WFS’ cargo facilities at Copenhagen Airport.

This project will enable WFS’ cargo operations in Denmark to generate 100% of their power requirements through renewable energy 

Energy generated by the solar panels will power WFS’ all-electric forklift and vehicle fleets and the LED lighting systems of each cargo terminal, as well as the company’s pharma centre. Surplus energy will be made available to the power network.

As part of the cargo expansion project, the solar panels will also be fitted to the entire roof area of WFS’ new 3,700 sq m warehouse at Copenhagen Airport, which is due to open in late 2022.

The 1.4 MW solar power system will provide an annual CO2 saving of up to 240 tons, the equivalent of a passenger car driving 57 times around the world, said WFS.

In May 2022, WFS’ chief executive, Craig Smyth, launched the company’s “Our Sustainable Flight Path” programme to steer the next level of WFS’ Environmental, Social & Government (ESG) strategy, and to support the responsible growth of its global air logistics operations.

“This is an important sustainability milestone for WFS in support of ‘Our Sustainable Flight Path’ and will make our energy consumption in Denmark as green as possible,” said WFS’ managing director Scandinavia, Thomas Egeland.

“We also hope that the surplus energy we will have can be used to support local areas at the airport, so that others can benefit from our solar plant. Our investment is also cost-neutral because we expect it to be covered by our monthly energy savings. We believe this is a model for WFS to adopt at other locations across our global network and we will be welcoming colleagues from across our organization to learn from this project with our partners, NRGreen.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]