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New Australia first carbon accreditation rating for Brisbane Airport


Brisbane Airport (BNE) has become the first Australian airport to receive Level 4 ‘Transformation’ status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The new status recognises Brisbane Airport’s long-term carbon management strategy towards absolute emissions reductions and evidence of forging meaningful partnerships to reduce the emissions of airport partners.

“Given Australia’s reliance on air travel to connect to the rest of the world, partnering with all parts of the aviation sector to decarbonise the industry is essential to protecting the natural heritage that Queensland is world-renowned for,” says Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

“We are playing an active role in enabling the airport community and aviation sector to decarbonise. Queensland is well placed to be part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels revolution and design of next generation aircraft.”

Brisbane Airport is only the tenth airport in Asia-Pacific to reach Level 4 or above carbon accreditation status.

ACI Asia-Pacific’s director general, Stefano Baronci, commented: “We are proud of Brisbane Airport’s excellent achievement in reducing carbon emissions and setting an example for airports in the region.

“Brisbane Airport is firmly positioning itself as one of the leaders in efficient carbon management and this achievement truly demonstrates its firm commitment to invest in a more sustainable future.

“It’s encouraging to see airports making tremendous efforts to adapt to the impact of climate change and enhance climate-resilience in an era of unprecedented challenges for the industry.”

Sustainability Timeline  

2010: 285-hectare Biodiversity Zone established, representing 10% of landmass

2014: Australia’s first Green Star Communities rating

2016: Achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3: Optimisation

2018: Launch of Queensland’s first and Australia’s largest electric bus fleet at the time

2019: Installation of 18,000 solar panels across airport

2021: Trial of artificial intelligence to reduce energy consumption in buildings with 12% reduction in energy use

2022: Acceleration of net zero target by 25 years to 2025

2022: Australia’s first all-electric refueller deployed to BNE by Air BP

2022: First Australian airport to introduce Oscar AI bin smart recycling assistant into terminals

2022: Start of transition to electric commercial mower fleet

2022: BAC’s commitment to build another 5-megawatts of solar capacity by 2025.

2022: Announcement of renewable energy deal with Stanwell

2023: Achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 4: Transformation

Brisbane Airport is Australia’s key Asia-Pacific Gateway, a hub with links to one of the world’s most exciting and growing regions. It is also Australia’s most connected domestic hub, with services to 53 destinations around the country.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification program for airports. It independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through 6 levels of certification.

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