Dubai Airports saves 5.17m kWh of energy in 2016

The programme entailed the replacement of traditional lighting with LED, installation of occupancy sensors and solar panels, and chiller plant optimisation at DXB and DWC

Solar panels were installed at DXB's Concourse D.
Solar panels were installed at DXB's Concourse D.

An energy-saving programme carried out by Dubai Airports resulted in savings worth 5.17 million kWh in 2016, it has been revealed. 

Implemented at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), the programme was aimed at reducing Dubai Airports' carbon footprint. 

The energy saved as a result of the programme is equivalent to powering 235 homes for a year. 

CO2 emissions were reduced by 2,224 tonnes during the year as a result of the programme.

According to a statement by the operator, "a bulk of the total savings resulted from the replacement of traditional lighting with LEDs for streetlighting, signage, and airfield, as well as the installation of intelligent occupancy sensors at both airports".

It added: "The optimisation of chiller plants at DXB and DWC with the installation of energy saving variable frequency drives for pumps and automation for demand-based flow also helped energy conservation efforts during the year." 

Solar panels were also installed and activated on the Concourse D building that commenced operations in February 2016.

The solar panels installed on the roof of Concourse D at DXB and at the Police facility at DWC also made significant contribution to Dubai Airports’ energy conservation efforts by generating power.

Participation in events such as World Clean Up Day and Earth Hour also contributed to the programme's aim to save energy.

Dubai Airports will participate in the Earth Hour initiative this year on 25 March, with all non-essential lights at DXB and DWC set to be switched off for an hour.

Remarking on the programme, Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president of technology and infrastructure at Dubai Airports, said: "In line with the long-term goals of aviation industry, the Airports Council International and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dubai Airports' vision is to ultimately attain carbon-neutral growth.

"Dubai Airports is constantly seeking to implement innovative ideas and new technologies to limit our environmental impact in full support of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Environmental Strategy, the Dubai Plan, and UAE Vision 2021.”

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