The target for net zero at Brisbane Airport (BNE) was set to be in 2050, however on the 5th of August 2022, this target was moved forward by 25 years.
Brisbane Airport hopes to be 100% renewable by 2025
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), the airport’s operator, is committed to lowering their carbon footprint and are focusing on their Scope 1 and 2 emissions. To lower their emissions caused by electricity and fuel use, BAC are turning to renewable energy sources. Brisbane Airport hopes to be 100% renewable by 2025, as well as continuing its transition to a fully electric fleet. They are already on the right path as in 2019, 18,000 solar panels were installed, which has a generating capacity of 6MW.
The company also plan to carry out a carbon removal project on site, within its Biodiversity Zone, which was initially set up in 2010. This zone covers 285 hectares where its biodiversity is preserved and protected. The zone will now act as an important asset for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
BAC have also set further targets to be reached by 2030, which includes zero waste going to landfill and increasing its use of recycled water to 50%.
Brisbane Airport is determined to lower emissions and the carbon footprint of the aviation sector. BNE are currently working with other airports, fuel suppliers, airlines and stakeholders as part of the global Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative, to help get the sector to net zero.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Gert-Jan de Graaff, has stated that, “We are a sustainability leader. We want to create a world-leading Airport City that future generations can be proud of, because of how we acted today, to protect the community of tomorrow… This is not a new concept for us. We’ve been on this journey for 12 years, but now we are hitting fast-forward to reduce our impact on the planet.”