Energy efficiency scheme agreed

Published 06/11/2012 | 10:09

Dr Brian Motherwell, chief executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) with Oliver Cussen, interim chief executive, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) after they agreed a new energy efficiency programme at the airport.

DUBLIN AIRPORT is getting greener and will aim to cut its energy use by up to a third by 2020 under a new partnership agreement with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The deal to work towards a 33% improvement in energy efficiency at the airport was signed by DAA Interim Chief Executive Oliver Cussen and SEAI Chief Executive Dr Brian Motherway. Under the agreement, DAA will build on the significant progress already made by the company under its extensive energy sustainability programme. The company has pledged to ' lead by example' in its contribution to the public sector energy efficiency improvement target of 33% by the year 2020. Short-term measures to be undertaken include; the replacement of five existing airport operational vehicles with fully electric models on a trial basis, the upgrading of airport car park lighting with the installation of energy efficient LED lighting, and further reductions in energy consumption. New ' green screens' are also planned to keep passengers updated on environmental and energy usage information at the airport. Dublin Airport is already Airport Carbon Accredited, as part of a Europe-wide airport carbon management certification programme that covers more than half of European air passenger traffic. The airport is certified at the 'Reduction' level, as the airport has reduced its carbon footprint in recent years. Between 2008 and 2010, Dublin Airport succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 1,775 tonnes, which is equivalent to a 6.5% reduction in carbon emissions under its control. The new agreement means the DAA is now part of the SEAI Partnership Programme which helps public bodies to save money, improve the environment and meet national obligations by making significant reductions in their energy usage. The programme provides tailored support to those bodies who demonstrate commitment to strategic energy management. Mary Coveney, head of DAA Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE), said the agreement was just the start of the company's partnership with SEAI at Dublin Airport. 'We will be working with SEAI experts to assess potential projects to improve energy efficiency and help support the development of Energy Action Plans for Dublin Airport and DAA is committed to having an exemplary role with respect to energy efficiency,' she added.

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