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Malcolm Johns

CEO Christchurch International Airport

Malcolm Johns

Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch Airport since January 2014 and has held a number of senior governance roles within New Zealand’s transport and tourism sectors.

Alongside setting several passenger growth records in recent years, the airport company has embedded sustainability within its strategic framework and values.  Its Green Transition Plan (GTP) defines how the business will reach its sustainability objectives. It is benchmarking itself internally against the best 27 airports from around the world and is performing well above the average in the areas of water, energy and waste.

The airport’s current waste performance is considered industry leading, with per passenger waste levels at 170g per passenger.  The target for 2030 is to be under 100g per passenger.  In 2019, the airport diverted 46% of its waste from landfill, and reduced total waste generated by 8%,  achieved 5.3% energy efficiency through efficiency projects (heating/cooling systems),  and is on track to reduce water use per passenger in the terminal by 36% by 2030.

Over the past three years, the airport company has undertaken an aggressive decarbonisation program on its Scope 1 emissions and has removed 90% of them.  It is now embarking on the more challenging Scope 2 and 3 emissions. In the meantime, it is offsetting its remaining Scope 1,2 & 3 and is the first New Zealand airport to be carbon neutral.