Sustainable for the Future
Terminal 3 in Sight

The theme of sustainability already received a great deal of attention while planning Terminal 3, which naturally also supports Fraport AG’s climate protection goals. One of them is to reduce the company’s own CO2 emissions at Frankfurt Airport to 50,000 tonnes a year by 2030 – 78% less than in 1990. Once Terminal 3 is completed, it will also contribute to achieving this aim: the entire building is designed to be very energy-efficient and consume significantly less than Terminals 1 and 2.

Eco-Friendly Construction

During the construction project, great care was taken to avoid harming the environment. For example, groundwater extracted while digging the initial pit was stored and later carefully reintroduced to the ground while respecting the environment. The water was passed through filter systems whose quality was seamlessly monitored. Vehicular traffic and the associated environmental burdens were also reduced by building concrete structures on site and/or transporting them by ship or train. Thousands of truck trips were avoided in this way!

Sustainable Operation

The features that contribute to sustainable operation of the terminal include highly thermally insulated building envelopes, appropriate sun protection, optimized use of daylight, efficient heat recovery, and consistent use of LED luminaires. A displacement ventilation system ensures a supply of fresh air everywhere from check-in to the gates.

Focus on Photovoltaics

Solutions are being developed for installing extensive photovoltaic systems on the roofs of Terminal 3, the new parking facility, and the new maintenance building for the Sky Line people mover. Part of the energy requirement will thus be met from directly on site with renawable solar energy.

Resource-Conserving Water Use

Terminal 3 uses a comprehensive dual-line system for sustainable reuse of water. It includes a rooftop rainwater catchment facility along with a treatment system. Water harvested from the roof is channeled into a retention basin and then treated to obtain enough service water to safely meet many of the new terminal’s water requirements for more than three days: for everything from flushing toilets to watering plants.