The award is for airports serving 5 to 15 million passengers.
QAIA was granted Gold recognition for its dedicated efforts in transitioning towards a sustainable, low-carbon future, focusing on its achievements in heating and cooling system improvements.
This year, the Green Airports Recognition was held under the theme of Carbon Management - in line with global industry goals to reduce carbon emissions and attain net-zero status by 2050. The recognition aims to promote environmental best practices to curb the impact of the aviation industry on the environment and champion airports that bring forth outstanding carbon management projects. To this end, participating airports demonstrated exceptional best practices in their respective decarbonization journeys - specifically in fuel consumption (Scope 1) and electricity consumption (Scope 2) carbon emission reductions.
In its application, Airport International Group shared QAIA’s experience in enhancing the heating and cooling systems inside and outside the Passenger Terminal. The two-phase project included utilizing control optimization software to improve cooling plant performance and decommissioning a historic cooling and heating plant, which resulted in significant decreases in energy consumption, carbon emissions and costs.
“We are delighted to witness QAIA once again pioneer green practices within the regional aviation industry and are equally proud to have our experiences in carbon reduction recognized as best practices by Airports Council International. Our commitment to climate protection has been unwavering for years, as evidenced by the wide range of environmentally friendly measures we continue to implement across QAIA - in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. On this note, I would like to thank our team, local and international partners and stakeholders for keeping us on track towards building a more sustainable airport,” said Airport International Group CEO, Nicolas Claude.
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