Brussels Airport announces it will be carbon neutral from 2018
Brussels Airport has just published its 2017 Environmental Report. The report finds that huge forward steps have been made over the last five years on the road to making Brussels Airport one of Europe’s most sustainable airports. The figures show that Brussels Airport met (and in several cases even exceeded) nearly all targets set out in its ambitious environmental protection plan, which was launched in 2011: over the past five years, the airport has reduced its energy consumption by 11%, its carbon dioxide emissions by 27% and its water consumption by 15%.
The important thing now is to continue and even step up our efforts on this chosen path so as to actively improve our environmental performance. Over the next five years, Brussels Airport is hoping to do even better and deliver results that outperform those recorded over the last five years. Brussels Airport’s ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in 2018, in accordance with its commitment within ACI Europe, the association which assembles Europe’s main airports. In 2012, Brussels Airport had already attained level 3. Next year, the airport is looking to comply with certification level 3+.
Brussels Airport’s 2017 Environmental Report offers an in-depth look at the many projects already accomplished or in the process of being carried out. These projects are clustered into 8 major domains: air emissions, water, noise, energy, soil, mobility, waste and biodiversity. In a general sense, all projects rolled out by Brussels Airport now fully factor in the potential impact on the environment and the airport’s surrounding area.
Here are some striking examples:
- All new buildings at Brussels Airport are designed setting out from particularly strict sustainability criteria. The energy consumption of the future fire stations for instance will be virtually zero, by resorting to solar panels, solar water heaters and heat pumps.
- By 2020, Brussels Airport will have replaced all 11,000 runway lights with more energy-efficient LED lights. This migration to LED technology will enable us to drive down the power consumption of the runway lights by 35%.
- A study into the biodiversity at the Brussels Airport site is to be conducted in association with non-profit organisation Natuurpunt, in order to better identify how to safeguard or even improve this biodiversity. After previously investigating mushrooms, bees and butterflies, in 2017 the new study will look into the status of grasshoppers, dragonflies, ladybirds and moths.
In addition, these environmental projects are increasingly achieved in co-creation, following in the footsteps of the recently inaugurated ‘Vliegbos’ woods. This new leisure and recreation area came into being thanks to the joint efforts of Brussels Airport, the province of Flemish Brabant, the local municipality of Zaventem and the Flemish Region’s Natural Wildlife and Forests Agency.
Click here to read the 2017 Environmental Report in full.
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