We believe our role extends beyond simply providing effective and efficient aviation facilities. It’s also about building, and being, a place that reflects the best attributes of our city, state and country.
In Australia, commercial buildings produce 8.8% of the national greenhouse gas emissions and have a major part to play in meeting Australia’s international emission targets. Brisbane Airport is one of south-east Queensland’s largest single-owner sites with approximately 600 hectares of land for development.
With the level of potential development at the airport, guidelines need to be developed to ensure all development is undertaken with ecological sustainable design considerations.
Develop and implement Ecological Sustainable Design guidelines for all BAC developments
- All significant BAC assets undergo a sustainability benchmark internal assessment using tools including; the National Australian Built Environment rating System (NABERS) and the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Star Performance program.
Brisbane Airport is situated on a reclaimed portion of the Brisbane River delta. The northern boundary of the airport forms the shoreline of Moreton Bay, a wetland of international significance. Thousands of migratory shorebirds feed on this shoreline at low tide from September to April of each year.
The designated Brisbane Airport Biodiversity Zone occupies over 10% (285 hectares) of the airport’s total area. It is made up of a number of vegetation communities and wildlife habitats in the largely undeveloped western and northern parts of the airport site including:
- Remnant and regrowth mangrove and saltmarsh communities in Jubilee/Serpentine Creek and Jackson Creek, and adjacent to the Pinkenba residential community
- Intertidal sand flats which provide feeding grounds for migratory shorebirds and other wetland birds
- Phragmites wetlands/grasslands home to the locally significant Lewin’s Rail and Eastern Grass Owl
- Casuarina plantations that provide shelter to small forest bird species unlikely to present a hazard to aircraft safety (e.g. fairy-wrens, scrubwrens and whistlers).
Refer to the Biodiversity Zone Map for locations.
Comprehensive woody weed removal programs are undertaken in the Phragmites wetland/grassland communities to ensure the habitat remains viable for grassland bird species. The woody weed removal program is scheduled based on vegetation monitoring results – if the percentage of woody weeds increases above a certain threshold, weed removal is scheduled to maintain an open grassland community.
Migratory shorebird monitoring is also undertaken from September to April each year to record the numbers of shorebirds using the Brisbane Airport foreshore and the species present. Monitoring results continue to indicate the significance of the Brisbane Airport foreshore as an undisturbed feeding ground for migratory shorebirds. Interestingly, aircraft movements overhead do not disturb the shorebirds, however birds of prey overhead do.
- Maintain >10% of the Brisbane Airport landmass for biodiversity conservation
BAC recognises that its actions and decisions today need to account for the predicted impacts of climate change. Our Climate Change Adaptation Plan Summary details the potential climate change risks and impacts that Brisbane Airport may witness based on current modelling and research and provides actions that BAC needs to implement to develop resilience against these risks.
This plan takes into account risks such as:
- Average temperature rise
- Increase in storm intensity
- Increase in heat waves and drought
- Sea level rise
Climate change adaptation measures have been incorporated into the design of Brisbane’s new runway. You can access the case study below:
Energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energies are the foundation of BAC’s energy reduction program. BAC commenced this program in 2012 focussing on upgrading lighting to energy efficient LEDs and is investing $11 million in a 6MW solar energy project.
BAC’s Emissions Reduction Strategy outlines how BAC will continually reduce carbon emissions from airport operations. We have maintained carbon neutral growth since 2013 through the implementation of this strategy and the purchase of verified carbon offsets when needed.
BAC maintains Level 3 (Optimisation) under the Airports Council International Airport Carbon Accreditation Program and is engaging our airport partners to reduce their emissions. For example, promoting the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuels at Brisbane Airport supports our airline partners in their emission reduction efforts.
- Maintain carbon neutral growth from 2020
- Install up to 10MW of solar PV by 2025
Our Carbon Management Policy can be found here.
As part BAC's commitment to reduce our fossil fuel usage, we have added electric vehicles to the BAC vehicle fleet.
We have also installed electric vehicle charging points for public use across the Airport precinct. Charging stations are installed in both the International and Domestic Terminal car parks (located in Park Valet), in the Skygate Precinct, and at Home & Life (near Nick Scali).
As part of BAC’s commitment to a cleaner, greener environment and improved passenger experience, we operate a fleet of 11 electric buses throughout the precinct. Changing from diesel to electric buses has meant a reduction of 250 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road.
Carbridge, a leader in aviation passenger ground transport, was awarded BAC’s five-year bussing contract in July 2017.
Waste that the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is responsible for is generated in the central Terminal area of T2 (Domestic Terminal), in T1 (International Terminal) and in the surrounding BAC offices and maintenance facilities at BNE.
BAC controlled waste includes:
- General waste
- Cardboard/paper for recycling
- Comingled recycling
- Quarantine waste
- Hazardous/regulated waste
- Trade waste
- Sharps/clinical waste
- Sanitary waste
- Construction and demolition waste
- Maintain zero waste to landfill from BAC offices from 2020
Brisbane Airport Corporation promotes food donations to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill from Brisbane Airport.
OzHarvest, a food rescue organisation, undertakes daily collections from Virgin Australia, Gate Gourmet, Alpha Flight Services, Qantas Catering and DHL Supply Chain. 30 volunteers from Brisbane Airport’s Ambassador Program help to sort the food from Qantas Catering prior to its collection.
Food donations include bread, cooked meals, dairy, desserts, pastries, drinks, dry stock, fruit, salad, vegetables and sandwiches.
Food donations from Brisbane Airport have increased from 10,375 kg in 2014 to 50,000 kg in 2017.
Liquids, aerosols and gels that are surrendered by passengers at security check points are incinerated as per Australian government requirements. BAC installed a new waste station prior to the International Terminal security check point in an effort to reduce congestion at peak times and increase recycling rates. Passengers can now donate aerosols to charity through a new partnership between BAC and GIVIT. We are aiming to donate 1,000 quality aerosols to charity per year through this partnership.
Sustainable water management has always been high on the Brisbane Airport sustainability agenda. Since south-east Queensland’s water restrictions in 2006-2009, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) continues to ensure that any future changes to water usage will not impact the airport’s operation.
BAC minimises potable water use onsite by the following methods:
- Potable water is only to be used for human consumption, cleaning, food manufacturing and preparation
- Irrigation water is acquired from non-potable sources
- Water used at construction sites for concrete batching and dust suppression is from non-potable sources
- Toilet flushing and amenities utilise non-potable water sources where possible and efficient fixtures and fittings are installed
Brisbane Airport’s Water Management Scheme
Drinking Water Quality Management
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) owns, manages and operates the potable water distribution services on the airport. BAC is a registered water provider (Service Provider Identification Number (SPID) – 545) with the Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS). As a registered water provider BAC must have an approved Drinking Water Quality Management Plan (DWQMP). BAC must also provide an annual Drinking Water Quality Management Report which is available for download below.