Sunshine Coast Airport receives global recognition for carbon reduction
  • Wednesday 28 August 2013

Sunshine Coast Airport has become the third major airport in Australia – and the first in Queensland – to be internationally recognised for mapping its carbon footprint and committing to reduce its carbon emissions.

Our airport now ranks alongside the likes of London City Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Vienna Airport in being certified at the mapping level.

“The Sunshine Coast Council’s vision is to be Australia’s most sustainable region, and the airport is certainly doing its bit. Clearly it has done a wonderful job and continues to punch above its weight for innovation in airport management,” council’s Economic Development/aviation portfolio councillor Stephen Robinson said.

“We warmly welcome this recognition of our efforts on the world stage.”

Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme was the only independent institutionally endorsed carbon standard for airports that recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions.

“The Programme is progressively being implemented across the world’s airports and the early accreditation of Sunshine Coast Airport is an important step in our journey towards carbon neutrality,” he said.

Recently one of the airport’s major building projects – the conversion of a former air freight warehouse to office accommodation – was awarded a prestigious Glossie Living Smart Award for excellence in sustainable building and design for the unique recycling of an existing building.

Sunshine Coast Airport is the current Australian Airports Association Major Airport of the Year, an award it has held for the past two years running.

“As the front door to Australia’s most sustainable region the airport’s investment in monitoring and reducing our carbon footprint is our ongoing commitment to our community,” Mr Pallot said.

“This is the first level of accreditation and we have more work to do – but we are well on the way.

“Initiatives already implemented include the use of recycled materials and recycling of materials and waste in construction, water harvesting and water reduction measures, use of low-energy lighting and solar tubes and reduction in cooling energy through smart building technology.

“Next on our list is the recycling of food waste with a worm farm, replacement of our air-conditioning system, further reductions in the buildings heat loads and investigations into solar energy generation.”

Initiated by ACI Europe in 2009, Airport Carbon Accreditation was extended to Asia-Pacific in November 2011 by ACI Asia-Pacific. ACI has appointed WSP Environment & Energy, an international consultancy company to independently administer and enforce the accreditation criteria for airports. In June 2013, the programme was extended to the African region of ACI. To date, there are 89 airports accredited with Airport Carbon Accreditation, across four continents.

Regional Director of ACI Asia-Pacific, Patti Chau, congratulated Sunshine Coast Airport in being accredited at Mapping Level under Airport Carbon Accreditation.

“This is a demonstration of the airport’s willingness to go the extra mile and its commitment in operating the airport in an environmentally sustainable manner which is crucial for the long-term development of our industry,” she said.