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Menorca Airport receives praise for Eco-Innovation

August 21, 2019

Airports Council International (ACI) EUROPE presented its annual Best Airport Awards during the 29th Annual Congress, General Assembly & Exhibition, taking place in Cyprus, 25-27 June. This year’s Eco-Innovation Award was awarded to Menorca Airport, implemented by Aena & serving the Balearic island of Menorca in the Mediterranean Sea, near the coast of Spain. 

The Eco-Innovation Award specifically recognises airports’ outstanding environmental performance, in particular, innovative approaches to environmental management. This year, the concept and criteria of this Award were revised and entries were required to provide details of an innovative project in one of the following three environmental categories: Climate Change; Noise Management; and Biodiversity and Wildlife Management. The jury of this Award is mainly composed of members of the independent Advisory Board of Airport Carbon Accreditation.

This year’s winner had applied under the category of Climate Change. The airport was commended for investing in considerable resources in reducing its environmental impacts by developing its own dedicated management tools. It was also praised for investing in protection of the island’s rich biodiversity against climate change. The judges also noted that the airport has implemented good water conservation strategies and addressed a variety of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, showing that it is putting in place a well-rounded and inspiring selection of different sustainability activities.

The significant reduction of water consumption was achieved through installation of a state-of-the-art wastewater management plant using BMR technology (Biological Membrane Reactor). The plant is armed with a very efficient filtration system, that turns waste water into pure resource, ready to be reused. Thanks to this tool, the airport has reduced its water consumption by 50.8% since 2013.

Menorca Airport is also on the quest to minimize their electricity consumption. For instance, High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans in the Terminal Building help reduce the heat sensation of passengers by 4 degrees. These Air-Conditioning gains decreased electricity consumption by 30%. 

Renewable energy generation is also high on the airport’s agenda. Up next in the pipeline is the implementation of 1,800 photovoltaic panels, which will produce 500 kW of electricity, adding to the 392 already installed and that currently provide the airport with 71 kW. In the last decade, electricity consumption has decreased by 27% despite the soaring air traffic. Additionally, 40% of the total electricity consumed in 2017 was purchased from renewable sources. The airport has decided to reach 60% of electricity purchased from green sources this year, and 80% in 2030. 

Congratulations to the entire team at Menorca Airport for this excellent achievement!

Avinor’s Oslo Airport was Highly Commended for this Award.