Brisbane Airport is one of South-East Queensland’s largest single-owner sites with approximately 500 hectares of land for development.
Ecologically sustainable design considerations are embedded through all design and construction projects with the goal of building the Brisbane Airport of the future as a place that continues to reflect the best attributes of our city, state and country.
Initiatives in sustainable design and development include:
- Developing and implementing ecologically sustainable development guidelines to ensure buildings and other projects are constructed sustainably. This includes initiatives that aim to:
- Maximise effective use of electricity, gas and water
- Reduce local ecological impacts of development
- Reduce emissions including greenhouse gases and stormwater run-off;
- Ensure future impacts from climate change are mitigated through design.
- Building above forecast sea level rise heights to ensure resilience of infrastructure over time.
- Sourcing fill material from existing projects within the local area reducing the cost and the impact construction projects have on the environment.
- Consider environmental, economic and social costs and benefits in the development and use of resources, products and services.
- Promote responsible stewardship to ensure equitable use of natural and environmental resources to meet essential needs of present and future operations.
BAC recognises that its actions and decisions today need to account for the predicted impacts of climate change. Our Climate Change Adaptation Plan 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:
- Precipitation change
- Extreme events
- 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 invested $11 million in a 6MW solar energy project.
BAC’s Energy Management Framework outlines how BAC will continually reduce carbon emissions from our operations. We have maintained carbon neutral growth since 2013 through the implementation of this Framework and the purchase of verified carbon credits 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.
- 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 (from a 2017 baseline) and net zero carbon emissions by 2050 for BAC’s scope 1 and scope 2 emissions
- Collaborate/partner with third parties on scope 3 emission reduction
- Install up to 16MWp of onsite solar PV by 2030
- Mitigate the airport’s energy demand through energy efficiency projects that reduce base load, and through the generation of alternative methods of electrical energy to reduce peak demand
More details in our Sustainability Policy.
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 electric buses throughout the precinct.
The electric bus fleet is quiet and environmentally clean. It has reduced noise pollution, improved local air quality and creates zero tail pipe emissions.
Swapping out the older diesel fleet for electric buses conservatively results in a reduction of approximately 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 200 kgs of pollutants (oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter) each year.
BAC manages all waste generated in the terminals, Skygate Dining and Home and Life Centres, the Airport Service Centre, BAC offices and maintenance areas.
Waste types generated and managed at Brisbane Airport include: general waste, cardboard/paper for recycling, comingled recycling, quarantine waste, hazardous/regulated waste, trade waste, sharps/clinical waste, sanitary waste and construction and demolition waste.
- Reduce waste to landfill by encouraging recycling and the reuse of resources
- Support government policies on sustainable waste management
- Progress towards zero waste and circular economy operations
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 Gate Gourmet, Dnata, DHL and Woolworths. Food donations include bread, cooked meals, dairy, desserts, pastries, drinks, dry stock, fruit, salad, vegetables and sandwiches.
Annual food donations from Brisbane Airport were averaging 50,000 kg from 2017 to 2020 and are still ongoing but at a reduced rate due to COVID-19.
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.