Queen Alia International Airport
Why did your airport decide to become carbon neutral?
As part of the continuous aim for excellence across various aspects of operations, Queen Alia International airport worked on achieving carbon neutrality to get a step closer towards realizing the vision of being one of the top 20 airports worldwide.
Further building on the momentum that started in 2012, the airport wished to reinstate its commitment towards the environment, taking the extra mile towards becoming a greener airport to reflect and promote an environmental-friendly culture at the national and international levels with the support of stakeholders.
Describe up to 4 key projects you implemented to achieve carbon neutrality.
Queen Alia International airport has been accredited since 2012. At the same time it has been planning, financing and implementing several midterm power-saving projects. These projects contributed to the reduction of carbon emissions by 7.4% between 2014 and 2017.
First off, the runway LED lighting project was implemented over the course of two years by the airport’s maintenance team, which replaced normal halogen lights with LED lights, reducing emissions by an estimated 495 tons of CO2 (tCO2) per year. Similarly landside streetlights were replaced with LEDs, bringing carbon emissions down by approximately 41 tCO2 per year.
Moreover, an overall power saving strategy was implemented by installing motion detection sensors in buildings and by reducing the baggage handling system run-on time, which helped to reduce CO2 emission by around 60 tCO2 annually. Finally, controlling temperature set points were placed at the terminal in order to reduce energy consumption.
What would you recommend to other airports that wish to become carbon neutral?
It is important to obtain top management commitment towards achieving carbon neutrality. This commitment will ensure the availability of resources and alignment of all the internal layers of the organization towards reaching the goal. Secondly, it is important to provide visibility on midterm plans. Thirdly, getting senior management support for developing and implementing the Carbon Reduction Management Plan. Finally, it is beneficial to promote a green operational culture among all stakeholders in order to demonstrate the added value regarding cost savings while recognising their roles and contributions.
What are your future carbon management plans?
Future plans include maintaining carbon neutrality by further reducing our carbon footprint. For example, a solar farm is planned to operate in 2019, contributing an estimated 23 million/kW, equivalent to 30% of airport consumption. In addition, we are planning to replace normal lights with LEDs on the aprons for 2020.