European Commission logo
English English
CORDIS - EU research results

Copenhagen Airport: a Lighthouse for the introduction of sustainable aviation solutions for the future

Project description

Flying towards a new climate strategy at Copenhagen Airport

Denmark’s busy Copenhagen Airport launched an ambitious climate strategy in 2019. The plan is for the airport to become emission-free with emission-free transport to and from its premises by 2030. By 2050, it will be entirely free of CO2 emissions from the airport itself, air traffic, companies operating in the airport and land traffic to and from the airport. Assisting in this eco-transformation, the EU-funded ALIGHT project will develop two solutions. The first is the supply, implementation, integration and smart use of sustainable aviation fuel. The second is the development and implementation of a smart energy system. The project will address the full chain from system mapping and energy supply to passenger transport and the heating and cooling of buildings.


The ALIGHT project will address the global need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air emissions in order to adapt to climate change and promote a sustainable future. It will do so through the development and demonstration of two sustainable solutions to be implemented in Copenhagen Airport (the Lighthouse airport), namely 1) the supply, implementation, integration and smart use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 2) the development, integration and implementation of smart energy system (including renewable energy sources, energy storage and energy management). On the SAF side, ALIGHT will tackle a current challenge, namely the smart, sustainable and cost effective handling of SAF in the operational context of a major airport. The project will address the SAF chain from procurement to integration and demonstration and ensure compliance with all relevant criteria, including sustainability. Within the area of smart energy, ALIGHT will address the full chain from system mapping, energy supply (including renewable energy, energy storage and geothermal energy), smart energy management to planning and demonstration in passenger transport, ground handling equipment and buildings (including heating, cooling and electricity). Field performance monitoring will be performed on aircraft exhaust-, vehicle- and air quality level. Sustainability and the reduction of GHG and other air emissions will be addressed throughout, and all components will be subject to relevant sustainability requirements. ALIGHT will bring forward the necessary solutions, knowledge, guidelines and best practice recommendations in comprehensivWith the Lighthouse project, CPH as Lighthouse with two fellow airports, will demonstrate energy-efficient, climate-friendly, fossil-free and smart solutions in preparation for upcoming massive investments in, among other things. infrastructure for biokerosene airplane fuel and electrification of vehicles and machines both in- and outside the airport.

Call for proposal


See other projects for this call

Sub call



Net EU contribution
€ 3 386 113,00
2770 Kastrup

See on map

Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 4 837 304,29

Participants (18)