Dubai Airports plan a green future

Dubai Airports (pictured) is planning to implement several green initiatives at its new concourse in a bid to limit its carbon footprint. It will install an array of 192 solar […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Dubai Airports (pictured) is planning to implement several green initiatives at its new concourse in a bid to limit its carbon footprint.

It will install an array of 192 solar panels measuring 450m², expected to generate around 1.8% of the total power requirement of the new Concourse D, which will become home to more than 100 international airlines when it opens in 2015.

The project is an addition to Terminal 3 that is part of the airport’s $7.8 billion (£5.14bn) expansion plan and is in line with the aviation industry’s long-term aim of being carbon neutral.

Other plans to cut emissions on the ground includes on-site recycling and using locally sourced and recycled building materials as well as sustainably harvested wood for the new concourse.

Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO said: “For Dubai Airports and our construction partner Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, designing environmentally friendly terminals is key to limiting our energy consumption and carbon footprint over time and fits in with our broader environmental policy. It also supports our industry’s target of carbon neutral growth by 2020. With Concourse D we are taking another significant step towards providing our passengers with a more sustainable way to travel.”

Last month ELN reported that London City Airport invested £10,000 in solar-powered lighting systems in an effort to cut its energy usage whilst United Airlines agreed to buy low carbon renewable jet fuel for flights from its Los Angeles International Airport.