Malaysia Airports sets out to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020 through new energy efficiencies
Malaysia Airports MD Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad (photo: MAHB)
Tue 9 Nov 2010 – Malaysia Airports, operator of the country’s 39 airports including Kuala Lumpur International (KLIA), has committed to achieving carbon-neutral growth by 2020 and reduce carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 2050. The aims are included in the company’s first-ever annual sustainability report launched at the recent International Greentech and Eco Product event in Kuala Lumpur. A project to map KLIA’s carbon footprint was completed at the end of 2009 and the operator expects to eventually extend the exercise to its other airports. Malaysia Airports says it is committed to preserving the levels of biodiversity within the airport area in all development or expansion works.
“Malaysia Airport believes that managing our impact on the environment and community, as well as taking responsibility with our business processes is an important part of how we operate,” commented Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports. “The purpose of the sustainability report is to consolidate all our processes and impacts in a single report that is transparent and able to propel us into further improving the way we conduct our business.”
As part of efforts to become more energy efficient and reduce emissions, the company has implemented an energy savings project, with the first phase completed at KLIA in September 2009 following the installation of 250 energy saving devices. Aimed at reducing electricity consumption, the devices have recorded savings of 39% and more installations are planned.
The report also outlines activities to improve water, storm water and waste management. Malaysia Airports is also working with airline partners to conduct continuous descent approach (CDA) landings at KLIA, which have the potential to save between 160kg and 480kg of carbon emissions per landing through reduced fuel burn.
The abridged version of the sustainability report has been compiled using the Global Reporting Initiative standard reporting guidelines, as a prelude to the full version that is currently in progress.