Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has a focus on the environment and sustainability in everything that we do. We've collected key achievements, initiatives and facts that shows our ongoing commitment in this space.
Quick Facts: A focus on the environment and sustainability
- BAC’s carbon emissions are continuing to decline from a peak in 2013.
- 6 Mega Watt solar systems including 22,000 solar panels were installed on airport land in 2018, with plans to add to this in 2020. These panels will generate close to 18% of BAC’s annual energy consumption and reduce our carbon emissions by over 7,000 tonnes each year. This is the equivalent to powering 750 households.
- In 2017, we launched the operation of Queensland’s first, and Australia’s largest electric bus fleet. Eleven 100% electric buses now run free passenger transfers between both terminals to AIRPARK and Skygate and will reduce airport carbon emissions by 250 tonnes a year.
- Four electric vehicle charging stations are available to the public across the airport with continued plans to roll out further spaces.
- Our Airport Ambassadors in partnership with OzHarvest run a food recovery program that has resulted in approximately 50 tonnes of food being redistributed to the community each year since being introduced in 2014.
- Cardboard compactors installed at the Domestic Terminal in 2017 increased cardboard recycling from 150 to 300 tonnes each year.
- A new recycled water line that was installed for Brisbane’s new runway project will save 1.2 billion litres of potable water during construction. This is the equivalent of 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- Brisbane Airport has over 285 hectares of protected biodiversity zones, which is more than 10% of the airport’s landmass.
- 30 European honeybee hives are located in the Biodiversity Zone that pollinate local flora and produces pure Brisbane Airport Wetlands Honey.
- The zone provides a protected habitat for the locally significant Lewin's Rail and Eastern Grass Owl.