New Zealand's Christchurch airport has its carbon neutral status reconfirmed and plans further energy savings
Recycling bins at Christchurch International Airport (photo: CIAL)
Thu 28 Jan 2010 – Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) has had its carbon neutral status recertified by Landcare Research for the year to July 2009. The airport company met the carboNZero requirements for the third year in a row after further reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating unavoidable emissions from its operations. The carboNZero programme is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme and is the world’s first accredited GHG Certification Scheme under the ISO 14065 standard. CIAL was the first airport in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve carbon neutral status for its operations.
“We are pleased to maintain our position as a leader in this field for airport companies,” said CIAL Chief Executive Jim Boult. “We make consistent efforts to achieve best practice environmental management at the airport, including programmes for storm water discharge, solid waste disposal, energy conservation, and water and air quality.”
The airport’s Building Management System energy conservation programmes have led to savings of nearly 9% of the annual energy cost for the airport terminal building. Further objectives include plans to achieve a further 5% energy reduction for the terminal, to decrease the amount of waste going to landfill, to use 30% recycled asphalt pavement in the runway maintenance programme and to investigate the use of sustainable fuel boilers for heating in the terminal.
As part of a national programme to improve recycling in public places, 26 recycling bins have recently been installed in the terminal.