Dubai International Airport has revealed its latest energy-saving measures that include installing thousands of LED bulbs and completing a solar energy system.
It hopes the latter alone will help reduce its carbon emissions at its Terminal 2 by as much as 3,243 metric tonnes a year, as the 15,000 photovoltaic panels will be able to generate 7,483,500 kWh of energy per annum thanks to Dubai’s sunny climate.
This is the biggest solar project in the Middle East, and is indicative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) trying to promote energy-efficient measures, Business Traveller revealed.
It is thought reducing the airport’s CO2 emissions by as much as it expects is the equivalent of growing 53,617 tree seedlings for a decade.
Vice president for infrastructure and business technology at Dubai Airports Michael Ibbitson stated the latest project is line with the city’s intention to reduce its energy consumption by 30 per cent before 2030.
“In addition to enabling us to limit our carbon footprint while cutting costs, these initiatives also support our long-term vision for a carbon neutral future in line with the aviation industry’s target,” Mr Ibbitson said.
As well as installing the solar panels, other environmentally-friendly measures the airport has introduced recently include replacing lights with LED bulbs and optimising cooling systems.
Any action Dubai International Airport takes will have a significant impact on the rest of the UAE, as it is one of the busiest travel hubs in the whole world. It ranks number one for international passengers and number two for international freight.
Last year, as many as 89,143,351 people travelled through the airports, with passenger traffic having increased by one per cent from 2017.
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