Solar power helps Finnair keep its salmon and pharmaceuticals COOL at its new Nordic Cargo Hub in Helsinki
Finnair’s new COOL Nordic Cargo Hub at Helsinki Airport will utilize solar power produced by 1,200 panels installed on the building’s roof. Each of the installed panels can produce up to 260 W of energy and the annual energy production level is estimated to be approximately 265 MWh/a. The solar energy produced at the cargo facility will represent over 10% of the building’s annual energy consumption.
Improving the energy efficiency of its facilities is a part of Finnair’s sustainability strategy. Sustainable development was a key consideration in building the new cargo terminal, and the building’s sustainability features will earn the terminal a “very good” rating under the BREEAM sustainability certification.
“Sustainability is important for Finnair Cargo customers, as well as their customers,” says Janne Tarvainen, managing director of Finnair Cargo. “Our new cargo hub features advanced automation technology and has temperature controlled areas for pharmaceuticals and other perishable products, and the energy produced by the new solar panels supports the overall efficiency of the entire cargo terminal.”
Finnair will start operating at its new cargo terminal in phases from October onwards and the solar panels were taken into use already in May. Finnair’s full cargo operations at the new terminal will begin in January 2018.
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Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying close to 11 million passengers annually. In 2017, Finnair's extensive network connects 18 cities in Asia and 7 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past eight years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.