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Energy and Carbon

Brisbane Airport annual energy consumption and carbon footprint.


BAC uses more than 200 TJ of energy per year, 95% of which is consumed in the form of electricity. The remainder is fuel used to run emergency generators, off-road vehicles such as mowers and sweepers, and the airside operational vehicles. Brisbane Airport per passeneger electricity consumption has been reduced in the last few years through a focus on energy efficiency improvements, in particular with the lighting and HVAC systems in the airport terminals.







BAC Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions are classified as being one of:

Scope 1: The release of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere as a direct result of an activity or series of activities directly under the airport company's operational control

Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam by activities or facilities under BAC operational control.

Scope 3: Other emissions from facilities, services, activities and equipment not owned/controlled by the airport operator


Brisbane Airport Corporation has been measuring and reporting it's greenhouse gas footprint for over a decade as part of the Greenhouse Gas Challenge and NGERS national reporting schemes. In 2014, the Brisbane Airport joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program at Level 1 (mapping).


Read our Carbon Management Policy (PDF) for further info.



In 2015 the airport successfully upgraded to Level 3 (Optimisation), based on proven results in reducing BAC's emissions, and verified mapping of the entire airport greenhouse gas footprint. 







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