Adelaide and Parafield Airports internationally recognised for reducing carbon emissions

2 October, 2014

Adelaide and Parafield Airports have become the first Australian capital city airports to be recognised by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program for managing and reducing their carbon emissions.

Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL), which operates both airports, is now certified as Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 2 (‘Reduction’), for its work in reducing its carbon footprint. The company received Level 1 accreditation in June 2013.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is a voluntary, internationally-renowned, institutionally-recognised carbon standard for the airport industry.

AAL Managing Director, Mark Young, said the company was proud to be the first Australian capital city airport to achieve Level 2 accreditation.

“For the past six years we have been assessing our carbon footprint associated with activities such as our terminal operations, use of plant and vehicles and staff travel,” Mr Young said.

To achieve Level 2, AAL implemented a number of initiatives including office and terminal lighting upgrades, improving the energy efficiency of T1 heating and cooling system, and running an extensive staff awareness campaign to improve energy ‘habits’ and reduce electricity used throughout Adelaide Airport facilities.

Adelaide Airport has also developed a five-year sustainability strategy and carbon management plan, which has identified a number of future carbon friendly initiatives.

The certificate of Level 2 accreditation was presented to Adelaide Airport at the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Regional Environment Committee meeting in Hong Kong.

Mr Young said the airport had previously received Australia-wide recognition for its environmental activities and the Level 2 accreditation was a significant achievement to receive international recognition for this work. It is consistent with the South Australian Government’s commitment to sustainability and the recent achievement and extension of the State’s renewable energy targets.

Adelaide Airport has already undertaken a number of green initiatives including solar power, energy reduction in the main terminal and stormwater recycling.

In addition, its ‘clean energy’ partnership with the University of Adelaide has supported the development of initiatives to significantly change the way in which we use energy in the future.

Mrs Patti Chau, Regional Director ACI Asia-Pacific said: “I wish to congratulate Adelaide and Parafield Airports on the accreditation. This accreditation is a further level of formal recognition of Adelaide Airport’s long standing commitment to sustainability.”

Airport Carbon Accreditation was first launched by ACI Europe in 2009, and was extended to ACI Asia-Pacific in November 2011, ACI Africa in June 2013 and ACI North America in September 2014. It is an independent program administered by WSP Group, an international consultancy appointed to enforce the programme’s strict certification criteria.

Currently, there are 108 airports certified at one of the 4 available levels in the program. Those airports welcome 24 per cent of global air passenger traffic.

Inaugural Airport Safety Week

70 airport operators from across Australia and New Zealand have come together to promote the Inaugural Airport Safety Week. The Australian Airport Association has produced a video to promote the importance of airport safety. The video gets the message across in a fun way and presents the concept that everyone can be involved with airport safety.


Antonov 124 visits Adelaide

On 26/8/14 an Antonov 124 visted Adelaide to deliver 84 tonnes of mining equipment. It arrived around 3.30pm and deprted the next day at 6.50am. On arrival both ends of the plane were opened up and a ramp had to be assembled from the front to offload some of the cargo.

5DME have heard that many people arrived the next day to see the huge aircraft depart however, a mistake in the departure time by main stream media left everyone disappointed.

Just so those who went to take a look don’t miss out, here is a short video that the 5DME.NET crew shot when the aircraft arrived…. These are truly huge machines and one cannot fail to be impressed when up close!

Antonov 124 at Adelaide Airport 26 August 2014 from Video Magic Productions on Vimeo.

NOTE: This is unedited video and does have a few repo knocks. You can see the completed version in the next episode of AVIATION NOW.