Dubai airport to go solar to reduce carbon footprint

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Dubai Airports has unveiled a string of energy efficient green initiatives to help reduce its carbon footprint, including installing solar panels on the roof of the new concourse building.

Among the initiatives aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Concourse D is an array of 192 solar panels measuring 450 square metres to be erected on the roof of the building, the WAM news agency reported.

This will have the dual benefit of generating power, while keeping the building cool by reflecting sunlight. The solar array is expected to generate about 1.8 percent of the total power requirement of Concourse D, the report added.

Recycling is also a major part of the new concourse, with onsite recycling facilities for the collection and storage of non-hazardous materials including paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastic and metal. This will help reduce the amount of waste being disposed of in landfills, Dubai Airports said.

Recycled materials will also be used in the construction of the facility as well as regionally harvested or manufactured materials, with at least 10 percent of its building material being sourced from within 800km of Dubai International and 20 percent from recycled materials.

The new building will also use of at least 50 percent wood based materials and products that are certified in accordance to Forest Stewardship Councils' principles and criteria. This will contribute in reducing the negative environmental impacts of irresponsible forest practices.

"For Dubai Airports, and our construction partner Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, designing environmentally friendly terminals is key to limiting our energy consumption and carbon footprint over time and fits in with our broader environmental policy. It also supports our industry's target of carbon neutral growth by 2020," said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.

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