Being a sustainable business matters

Sustainability matters to Auckland Airport because we are a long-term multi-generational business. It is natural for us to take a long-term approach to our place in the world, the New Zealand economy and the local environment and community in which we operate.

We are committed to making a positive contribution through our business activities, operating in a way that creates enduring value for New Zealand and generations to come.

Auckland Airport was one of New Zealand’s early adopters of sustainability principles and has made considerable progress in the areas of emissions reductions, energy savings, waste management and social performance. With these objectives largely met, we have lifted our sights and challenged ourselves again by setting new sustainability targets, setting out how we will create value for our people and communities; contribute to the economy; and help tackle global challenges such as climate change.

Our Sustainability Pathway to FY30 is focused around four key pillars:

Our sustainability strategy is framed by Auckland Airport’s guiding star, the single ambition that unites and drives us as we work to safely connect New Zealand to the world:

“We are working for New Zealand. We are committed to growing our country’s success in travel, trade and tourism, building a vibrant economic hub that will create enduring value for New Zealand and generations to come.”

Our sustainability targets are:

What matters most

In the 2021 financial year, we carried out a comprehensive review of the issues and topics that matter most to our business and our stakeholders. We looked at matters that are materially important to us and our many stakeholder groups; those matters that we, as a business, can influence; and the environmental or social issues that we have an impact on.

Our eight material issues are:

1. Health, safety and security
2. Wider economic contribution
3. Customer experience
3. Aircraft noise
5. Responsible employer
6. Climate change risk and adaptation
7. Minimising our environmental footprint
8. Community and mana whenua involvement

Our material issues are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The ones we affect the most are:

We review our material issues annually to ensure they are still the most important issues for us. Every three years we undertake a comprehensive review process involving stakeholder interviews.

Recognising our sustainability performance

Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index

Auckland Airport has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index since 2012, recognising leadership in sustainability performance.


Auckland Airport has been included in the FTSE4Good Index since 2008.


Auckland Airport has been a Participant Member of GRESB (Infrastructure) since 2017.


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Managing aircraft noise

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Engaging with local Māori

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Community giving and fundraising

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Employer and location of choice

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Ethical business

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