An energy agreement between DAA, the Irish airports operator, and ESB energy provider has resulted in the opening of a 268-panel-strong solar farm at Dublin Airport.
The solar farm has been installed on top of a reservoir system, which provides 500 million litres of water to the passenger terminals, offices and businesses located on the airport grounds. The new solar farm is expected to deliver over half the airport’s energy requirements of the water system.
The agreement was put in place to attempt to achieve energy targets of a 33% reduction in consumption for the airport by 2020, and the partners have been working closely together to determine the opportunities to implement low carbon technologies.
This achievement will also build on Dublin Airport’s current reputation in a European carbon management certification program, under which it is already Airport Carbon Accredited.
Dalton Phillips, DAA’s Chief Executive, said, ‘Over the past three years Dublin Airport succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 5,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to a 10% reduction in carbon emissions under its control.’
‘We are looking forward to building on this performance and making even more energy savings that will also benefit the travelling public through sustainable environmental performance and annual cost savings.’
Dublin Airport has announced the busiest October for passenger handling since it was opened 77 years ago. The record-breaking figures show a 6% increase over 2016, at over 25.3 million passengers through its doors so far, this year.
The number of passengers in October were broken down as follows:
- European travellers increased by 5% with 1.3 million passengers
- Travellers to and from the UK decreased by 2% on last years’ October figures
- North American destinations saw a 14% increase, handling more than 300,000 passengers last month
- Other destinations, including the Middle East and Africa had an increased number of passengers by 16%
- Irish domestic routes also experienced an increase in passengers, up 6% from last October
- Dublin Airport has recorded a whopping 36% increase in its hub traffic
Dublin Airport is delighted with its increased passenger handling, and is enjoying a new era of development with its next-generation business hub, offering domestic and international connections. The airport is continuing to grow and expand, and its modern terminals offer passengers a relaxed environment where they can work, shop, eat and be entertained while waiting for flights.
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