By Staff writer
Savings at Dubai International and Dubai World Central equivalent to powering 235 homes for a full year
Dubai Airports’ efforts to reduce its carbon footprint resulted in total energy savings of 5.17 million kWh in 2016 across Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) – equivalent to powering 235 homes for a full year.
The report was issued ahead of the airport operator's participation in Earth Hour on March 25 when all non-essential lights across both DXB and DWC switched off for one hour.
The energy savings are the result of a range of initiatives including installation of systems and new projects including solar panels on the Concourse D building that opened last year.
A bulk of the total savings resulted from the replacement of traditional lighting with LEDs for streetlighting, signage and airfield as well as the installation of intelligent occupancy sensors at both airports.
DXB and DWC became the first airports in the GCC states and two of 56 internationally to achieve Level 2 accreditation from the ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme in 2016.
Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president of Technology & Infrastructure at Dubai Airports said: “Dubai Airports is constantly seeking to implement innovative ideas and new technologies to limit our environmental impact in full support of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Environmental Strategy, the Dubai Plan and UAE Vision 2021.”