DXB, DWC achieve Level 3 of ACI’s airport carbon accreditation
Green initiatives at the airports include electric, hybrid vehicles in ground service fleets, and 150k LED bulbs to save energy
Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Dubai World Central (DWC) International Airport have achieved Level 3 (optimisation) of the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, following the completion of previous stages, including mapping out the airports’ carbon footprint, and implementation of projects to minimise carbon emissions.
According to the Dubai Media Office report, green initiatives at DXB and DWC include replacing ground service vehicle fleet with electric and hybrid vehicles, and replacing existing light fixtures with 150k LED bulbs to cut energy consumption.
A Construction Week report in July 2019, stated that Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco) – a part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) – had installed 15,000 solar panels at DXB’s Terminal 2, making it the largest such installation at any airport in the Middle East.
DXB, the world’s busiest airport that hosts 90 million people each year, also announced the ban of single-use plastics in all its consumer spaces effective from 1 January, 2020.
Commenting on the Level 3 achievement, regional director of ACI Asia-Pacific, Patti Chau, said: “Dubai Airports is joining an ever-growing group of airport operators that are optimising their carbon footprint reduction.
Chau added that both DXB, and DWC had completed step three of the four-step process aimed at achieving carbon neutrality.