Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has announced it is bringing forward by 25 years emission reduction targets. The accelerated 2025 net zero target relates to Scope 1 and 2 activities, which includes emissions from electricity and fuel consumed by BAC.
It will make the airport one of the most sustainable anywhere in the world. Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation said: "BNE is more than an airport. 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."
To achieve net zero (Scope 1 and 2) by 2025, BAC has committed to transition to 100% renewable energy, purchase all-electric fleet vehicles and develop an onsite carbon removal project within its Biodiversity Zone. Brisbane Airport has allocated 285-hectares to preserve and maintain biodiversity on site, and to act as an improved carbon removal asset. By 2030, BAC is also committed to 50% use of recycled water, and zero waste to landfill.
BAC acknowledges that its responsibilities extend beyond its own operations. BNE is a signatory to the global Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative. As such, BAC has committed to working with more than 100 other airports, airlines, fuel suppliers and industry stakeholders to put the global aviation sector on the path to net zero emissions by accelerating the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to 10% by 2030.
Recently BAC also became a signatory for the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) Aviation Transition Strategy. The aviation sector through this MPP is an alliance of global partners with the aim to decarbonise the industry. "We want passengers to know that when they’re travelling through Brisbane Airport, we are doing everything possible to ensure they are having the lightest touch on planet Earth possible. As we plan for the future, our decisions are based on protecting the environment, growing responsibly, and supporting our communities," according to BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff. He continued: "We know we are on a green and gold runway to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games. Without the green, there is no gold."
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