Environment & Sustainability

Our Responsibility

It is undisputed that CO2 emissions must also be reduced in aviation. Nuremberg Airport is living up to its responsibility by reducing its CO2 footprint and pursuing the goal of being CO2 neutral.

Sustainable flight operations

Nuremberg Airport is committed to promoting ecologically efficient flight operations, e.g. through its airport charges.

Use of ecologically efficient aircraft types

Airlines that take off and land at Nuremberg Airport with particularly low-emission aircraft types, such as the Airbus A320neo, receive a subsidy.

Promotion of alternative fuels

Nuremberg Airport promotes the provision and future use of alternative aircraft fuel. Fuels are promoted whose production uses only electricity from renewable energy sources and only residual materials/residual biomass that do not compete with food production. 

High utilization of aircraft capacity

Nuremberg Airport creates financial incentives for airlines to utilize their aircraft as optimally as possible. This approach reduces CO2 emissions per passenger.

Noise reduction

The airport also takes measures to reduce noise through its charging policy. These include, for example, promoting the use of particularly quiet aircraft and significantly higher charges for flights at night.

Energy management

100 %Green Power Supply since 2018

200,000 solar panels

Photovoltaikanlage am Parkhausdach

A photovoltaic system on the roof of P4's parking garage can save 500 tons of CO2 per year. The annual electricity generation is Ø 840,000 kWh.

LED illuminant

Übersicht Airportgelände bei Nacht

The light sources in the parking garages and on the forecourt will be successively converted to LED. This will save 1,651,615 kWh of electricity. 

Woodchip heat


Scherzer Gemüse's wood chip power plant in Knoblauchsland supplies the airport with district heating for a wide variety of buildings.


Nuremberg Airport is focusing on electromobility when purchasing new vehicles.

Fauna and flora

238 HectareGreen Space at the Airport

The Nuremberg Airport site has a high value for regional species and biotope protection.

Bucher Landgraben: Green Area along the Airport

Schafe weiden am Bucher Landgraben

The Bucher Landgraben stretches along the airport and breaks up the hard divide between agriculture in Knoblauchsland and the high-tech location of the airport. It is the habitat of many animal and plant species and provides a recreational area for walkers and cyclists. The meadows of the Bucher Landgraben are mowed by about 700 sheep from a neighboring sheep farm.

The rainwater from the sealed surfaces at the airport is discharged into the Bucher Landgraben via coalescence separators.

Busy Airport Bees: The so-called Biomonitoring

Does air traffic affect the air quality around the airport? Nuremberg Airport has been investigating this question since 2003 with a special environmental project, using bees as environmental detectives.

  • Airport bees fly area within a radius of 3 kilometers
  • Laboratory testing of honey for pollutants from the environment of the airport
  • Quality inspection by Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture & Horticulture

The analysis spectrum for honey and pollen includes organic air pollutants that are considered to be typically traffic-related. In addition, the samples are analyzed for heavy metals.

Since the start of the project, all findings have been below the legal limits. So far, the honey has always been classified as high quality and rich in species.

In addition to Nuremberg Airport, 15 other commercial airports are now participating in the "Biomonitoring with Bees" project within the ADV Airport Association.

Bird Strikes

A bird strike in aviation refers to a collision between an aircraft and a bird. To prevent bird strikes, we operate long grass management at Nuremberg Airport as part of our biotope maintenance program, thus reducing the attractiveness of the vegetation for birds.

Vegetable Survey

Since 1978, fruits from the Knoblauchsland region have been tested for pollutants from aircraft exhaust during regular "Vegetable Surveys". The latest report from 2016 confirms the harmlessness of vegetable cultivation near the airport.

Air Monitoring Station

The air monitoring station on the airport site is operated by the City of Nuremberg. The data show that the air quality at the airport is usually better than in the rest of the city.

Contact us

Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions. For a personal visit, please make an appointment with us.

Environmental Department