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HIA pledges to reduce carbon emissions

Hamad International Airport (HIA) is implementing a number of programmes and innovations to counter its carbon emission footprint

Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer of HIA.
Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer of HIA.

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has committed to participate fully in reducing carbon emissions.

In line with its recent renewal of the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme, HIA announced a long-term commitment to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

Along with a series of initiatives to help save energy and optimise the consumption of vehicle fuel, part of the commitment is to improve carbon efficiency by 30% by 2030.

HIA is one of the 173 airports accredited to the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme which offers certification at four levels, reflecting incremental measurements managing and improving carbon emissions.

Presently sitting at Level 1 ‘Mapping’, the airport has plans to gain higher levels of accreditation that compare favourably with other world leading airports.

HIA has already achieved a 4% improvement in carbon emissions per passenger in 2015 compared to 2014, with the aim to reduce the 2015 baseline of 5.6kg CO2 per passenger to lower than 4.0kg CO2 per passenger by 2030.

With this in mind, a new Energy Working Group comprising electrical, engineering and environmental technical specialists has been created, tasked with identifying energy saving initiatives throughout the airport campus.

The group has already started to implement a number of new schemes, including adjustments to lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling systems which, when combined, could save up to an impressive 4,462,600kWh energy per year.

Badr Mohammed Al Meer, CEO of HIA, said: “At HIA, we believe in our environmental responsibility and are committed to tackling climate change as a core component of our business strategy. It is in our best interest to develop a sustainable future for our airport by effectively managing the environmental impacts of our operations.”

Al Meer added that the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provided an ideal structure for HIA to be able to plan and monitor the progress of its carbon programme, “and to benchmark our approach against other world leading airports”.

He said: “We’re actively pursuing the higher levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation by engaging all airport stakeholders to continually reduce energy demand through new technology and improved operational practices and by considering further investments in low carbon energy generation.”

Included in the plan is an initiative to replace the existing high pressure sodium (HSP) apron flood lights and metal halide light fittings in the airport’s passenger terminal transfer area with LED lighting, which will save an estimated 2,613,500kWh energy per year.

The installation of ‘speed doors’ at vehicle entrances to airport buildings, such as baggage handling areas, is another initiative, as these doors help to contain cooled air within the building, decreasing the energy load on cooling systems.

Part of the planned major extension of the airport terminal includes consideration of certification to silver level of the international green building scheme LEED and will include over 11,000m of photovoltaic cells estimated to generate up to 2,885 MWh energy per year.

In addition, a new Airport Vehicle Programme has been established to optimise utilisation of vehicles.

To drive continual improvement in the efficiency of over 2,000 vehicles operating airside, the programme brings together businesses operating airport vehicles within the airport boundary, and is aimed initially on developing systems to enhance the measurement of vehicle fuel consumption and efficiency.

The Airport Vehicle Programme also includes plans to encourage airport businesses to further improve vehicle fleet management, with innovations such as on-board telematics to track and analyse vehicle use and driver behaviour.

The programme will also provide a platform for businesses to share experiences with the introduction of new technology, such as Qatar Aviation Services, which has a fleet of clean vehicles which will expand from 66 to 91 electric vehicles early in 2017.

 

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