Sustainability goals of KEF+

With large-scale projects comes great responsibility

Sustainable and responsible construction is at the heart of the Keflavik Airport development plan. With these priorities, the airport will be more competitive and better prepared for taking on what is to come. Furthermore, this approach encourages long-term efficiency, reduces the environmental impact of the constructions, and increases value for the community.

All work of KEF+ follows a specific framework in order to ensure that sustainability is an integral part of all stages. This framework sets out measurable goals and ways to reach them and defines the parties responsible for each goal.

The airport development project will be certified by BREEAM, the leading method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. The aim is to earn the rating of Excellent, which is an ambitious goal for an airport. BREEAM provides independent certification of construction projects that ensures vital control and guarantees that all construction is truly sustainable.

The aim is to decrease the construction project’s carbon footprint, reduce water and electricity use, and maintain green areas and biodiversity in both design and execution. Likewise, emphasis is placed on creating healthy spaces for passengers and airport staff.

The sustainability framework is based on Isavia’s policy, which prioritizes sustainability in all operations. Isavia’s sustainability policy further elaborates its priorities with targets, criteria, and an action plan.

Our goals

  • Carbon-neutral construction

    By using environmentally friendly building materials, minimal energy usage, and technological solutions, the goal is to reduce the carbon footprint by 150,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to 930 flights between Keflavik Airport and London.

  • Biodiversity

    The nature-oriented design will minimize the impact of construction on vegetation and nature in the vicinity of the airport. Carbon offsetting will also be used to increase biodiversity elsewhere.

  • Responsible utilization of resources

    New buildings will be environmentally certified by international certificate BREEAM, who provides Isavia with measures for reduced waste, responsible selection of material, and environmentally friendly design.

  • Sustainable transportation

    Throughout all development of buildings and other airport infrastructures, the goal is to promote energy transition in transportation, both inside and outside airport premises.