Fri 28 Apr 2017 – The inaugural annual Green Airports Recognitions were presented during this year’s ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly held recently in Doha, Qatar, with Platinum recognitions going to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Darwin International Airport. ACI Asia-Pacific stresses these are not competitive awards but are recognition of environmental projects undertaken by airports large and small in the region. The objective is to promote environmental best practice and recognise outstanding accomplishments. Understanding that different airports have different environmental priorities, each year a specific environmental aspect will be chosen as the recognition theme. This year’s theme was energy management. Also during the Assembly, 11 airports in the region were presented with their Airport Carbon Accreditation certificates to recognise their initiatives and achievements in carbon reduction.
Darwin International's airside PV solar facility (photo: Coronium)
A total of 16 submissions were received from airports across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East for the Green Airports Recognition 2017. In the category for airports with 25 million annual passengers and above, Platinum recognition went to KLIA, Gold to New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and Silver to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
KLIA first established an energy management policy in 2012 with the main objectives being to improve energy consumption efficiency, reduce utility cost, optimise capital expenditure for energy efficiency and strive to become a world-class energy management airport. A 14 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power system has since been installed on the rooftops of a satellite building and the long-term carpark. It contributed 55,857 MWh of electricity between January 2014 and November 2016, representing a reduction of 41,390 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Delhi was the first Asia-Pacific airport to achieve status as carbon neutral under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and the first airport globally to receive ISO 50001:2011 accreditation, which specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. Energy management is responsible for 26% of the airport’s overall operating costs and it has implemented a programme that has seen a 12% reduction in energy consumption of its HVAC system.
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), which operates HKIA, has developed a multi-dimension energy management programme to enhance energy efficiency at the airport. As a result, carbon intensity has been reduced by 25.6% from a 2008 baseline despite an average annual increase in airport throughput of 4.5%. In November 2016, AAHK set a new pledge to further reduce the airport-wide carbon intensity by 10% by 2020 based on 2015 levels.
In the category for smaller airports – those with annual passengers less than 25 million – the Platinum recognition for Australia’s Darwin International Airport was as a result of a long-term commitment by its authority, Northern Territory Airports, to using renewable energy. The Darwin Airport Solar Project was developed in two stages, resulting in a 5.5 MW facility believed to be the largest airside PV solar facility in the world. It generates 25% of the airport’s overall energy needs, meets 100% of the daily peak demand and has reduced carbon emissions from stationary energy by 25%.
Gold recognition went to Adelaide Airport, which has also installed a solar PV installation. It completed construction of a 1.17 MW system on the multi-level carpark roof in March 2016, the largest rooftop system, and second largest overall, in South Australia. It is also the largest rooftop installation at any Australian airport and one of the largest private, commercial arrays of any kind in the country. It is expected to generate 1.73 MWh per year, equating to around 10% of total electricity consumption by the airport.
Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) received Silver recognition for a two-year runway lighting project completed in December 2016 to replace halogen units with LEDs. In addition to becoming just the second airport in the region to have a LED-lit runway, other environmental initiatives have resulted in reductions in carbon emissions of 495 tonnes and electricity consumption by 779,454 KWh annually.
“I wish to congratulate not only the recognised airports but all the participated airports because their partaking helps exemplify the spirit of this recognition, which is to promote best practice sharing among airports,” said Patti Chau, ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director.
Originally developed and launched by ACI Europe in June 2009, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was extended to airports in ACI’s Asia-Pacific region in November 2011, and since then 38 airports have been certified. As well as New Delhi Indira Gandhi International, three other airports – Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International, Bangalore International and Australia’s Sunshine Coast – have achieved the highest carbon neutrality (Level 3+) level of the programme.
“Airports in our region have made remarkable progress in their journey towards carbon neutrality,” commented Chau at the Assembly. “We are proud of the 38 Asia-Pacific carbon accredited airports, which account for more than 29.5% of air passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific. Going forward, we will continue to encourage airports to establish targets on carbon emissions reduction and work with our members to achieve sustainable growth and join the 189 airports worldwide in becoming accredited airports.”
ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Environment Committee has elected for the period 2017-2018 Jakrapop Charatsri of Airports of Thailand as its new Chair, taking over from Mike Kilburn of HKIA, and Wendy Weir of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) as Vice Chair. Charatsri was the founding Chair of the ASEAN International Airports Association’s Environmental Working Group and Weir is BAC’s Environment and Sustainability Manager.
Green Airports Recognitions were presented to airport representatives by Kerrie Mather, President of ACI Asia-Pacific (4th from left) during the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly:
Eleven Asia-Pacific region airports were presented during the Assembly with Airport Carbon Accreditation certificates to recognise their initiatives and achievements in carbon reduction:
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