Dubai Airports step up green effort for Earth Hour
Massive savings reported through green initiatives during 2011
Dubai International Airport (DXB) and has announced that it will switch off all non-essential lights across its three terminals as will Dubai World Central for Earth Hour this year.
The airports’ recent conservation efforts are paying off, both financially and environmentally, as the organisation announced a CO2 saving of more than 72,000 tonnes, a water saving of over 130 million gallons and $4.33m in fuel savings.
With implementation of chiller management systems, re-setting AC and installing energy saving lamps and occupancy sensors, Dubai Airports managed to save over 21.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to over $2m and over 9000 tonnes of CO2 during 2011.
The airports have also implemented a stand hold policy, limiting the number of aircraft taxiing and queuing at the runway. This has contributed to a saving of 5.3 million gallons of fuel in 2011 and reduced CO2 emissions by 60000 tonnes.
This year’s Earth Hour will take place on March 31 between 8.30pm-9.30pm. Last year DXB’s demand for electricity dropped by 11 megawatts during the one hour event.