Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and 40
business partners last week pledged to make Hong Kong
International Airport (HKIA) the world's greenest airport.
In 2011, the Hong Kong airport community
achieved a 10% reduction in carbon intensity, which is on track
with its goal pledged in 2010 to lower HKIA's carbon intensity by
25% from 2008 emission levels by 2015.
The airport community has carried out more than
300 green initiatives to achieve the 10% reduction, including
installing LEDs, improving chiller systems, introducing more
energy-efficient vehicles and launching green educational
Last week, LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet
Hong Kong Limited and Asia Airfreight Terminal Company were recognised with "Most Effective Carbon Reduction" gold, silver and
bronze awards respectively for their outstanding individual
achievements in carbon reduction.
AAHK also showcased its newly
acquired fleet of 31 electric saloon vehicles. AAHK now possesses
the largest fleet of electric saloon vehicles in Hong Kong and
will encourage its business partners to replace their old vehicles
with electric-powered ones to further reduce emissions.
In 2011 AAHK began a rolling three-year
environmental plan, covering a wide range of targets and
initiatives designed to make HKIA the global leader in
environmental performance. In particular, these initiatives
demonstrate the airport's commitment to the "three Rs" of
environmental protection: reducing, reusing and recycling.
In the area of energy and emissions reduction,
AAHK will complete the replacement of more than 100,000 lighting
applications with LEDs by the end of 2014. AAHK has also said
that all new saloon cars in the Airport Restricted Area (ARA) must
be electric from mid-2013, and that the entire ARA saloon fleet
must be electric by 2017. AAHK will invest HK$40 million to
install more charging stations in phases. In addition, the use of
Auxiliary Power Units when parked at aircraft parking stands will
be banned in 2014, after which time all aircraft will use Fixed
Ground Power and Pre-conditioned Air systems except for special
In terms of reuse, AAHK will increase the grey
water treatment capacity to 6,000 cubic metres per day within the
year, which is equivalent to recycling the daily water usage of
7,000 four-member families. AAHK will also enhance recyclables
separation at the Airside Waste Station and work with all tenants
on the airport island to achieve its goal of separating and
recycling all recyclables within 10 years, except those that are
unhygienic to handle.
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