Sustainable for the Future
Terminal 3 in Sight

The theme of sustainability received a great deal of attention while planning Terminal 3, which must naturally support Fraport AG’s climate protection goals. One of them is to reduce the company’s own CO2 emissions at Frankfurt Airport to 80,000 tonnes a year by 2030 – 65% less than in 1990. After Terminal 3 is completed, it will contribute to achieving this aim as well: 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 has also been taken to avoid harming the environment. For example, the groundwater extracted while digging the initial pit was stored and later reintroduced to the ground in a highly eco-friendly manner. The water was passed through filter systems whose quality was seamlessly monitored. Vehicular traffic and the associated environmental burdens have also been reduced by building concrete structures on site and/or transporting them by ship or train. Thousands of truck trips have been 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.

Photovoltaics on Its Way

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

Resource-Conserving Water Use

Terminal 3 will use a comprehensive dual-line system for sustainable reuse of water. For this purpose, a rooftop rainwater catchment facility is being installed along with a treatment system. Water harvested from the roof will be channeled into a retention basin and then treated to obtain enough non-potable 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.

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