Hamad International Airport (HIA) has successfully retained its Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3 for another year.
HIA’s renewal comes after successfully reaching Level 3 – known as Optimisation status – last year and becoming the first airport in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and only the second in the Middle East and North Africa region to reach Level 3 accreditation.
HIA’s airport-wide energy reduction programs and collaborative approach with airport stakeholders to manage third-party emissions have resulted in measurable change.
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer, Hamad International Airport, and regional board director, Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific, said, “As Hamad International Airport continues to accommodate rapid growth with an increasing number of passengers and cargo, we are committed more than ever on reflecting global environmental standards and minimizing environmental impact.
“We are proud to successfully work in line with ACI’s standards and will continue to minimize our use of natural resources, control emissions and manage waste carefully as we move forward.”
This accreditation acknowledges HIA’s commitment to tackling climate change and its target to improve carbon efficiency per passenger by 30% by 2030 against a 2015 baseline, for which it has already made significant progress.
In addition to a fuel saving program aimed at reducing fuel consumption through operational practice and driver awareness, HIA’s Carbon Management Plan delivers energy reduction initiatives throughout the airport.
A cross-functional Energy Working Group identifies and promotes energy saving initiatives – including the optimization of air conditioning for passenger load bridges through integration with flight schedules – replacing conventional lighting with LEDs, and optimizing light usage at the airport’s boarding gates.
A key component of HIA’s Carbon Management Plan is encouraging the participation of the airport’s stakeholders – including passengers, Qatar Airways and its subsidiaries, government stakeholders, private operators and retailers – to engage in environmentally conscious practices and reduce carbon emissions across the airport campus.
Patti Chau, regional director of ACI Asia-Pacific, commented, “This achievement reflects HIA’s commitment to sustainable practices and reducing environmental impact and emissions. ACI will continue supporting HIA and other airport members as they face the challenges of climate change and strive for long-term development and success.”