The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and its airport business partners have committed to reducing carbon emissions by 10% at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by 2020.

In order to achieve the new goal, the AA and its partners are planning to implement additional measures, such as optimising the energy consumption of air-conditioning systems and improving cooling and lighting systems.

The AA noted that HKIA has reduced carbon intensity by 25.6% per workload unit in 2015, when compared to the level in 2008.

The mark has already exceeded the original target of reducing carbon emission by 25%, which was set in 2010.

Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Fred Lam said: “Today, we are pleased to announce that the AA and the airport community have pledged to reduce carbon intensity at HKIA by 10% from the 2015 baseline by 2020.

“We will encourage and provide full support to our business partners in pushing forward low-carbon operations via exchanging experience with their management, establishing technical working groups, organising award schemes, and more.

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"Today’s pledge has demonstrated once again that the entire airport community is determined to protect the environment."

“Today’s pledge has demonstrated once again that the entire airport community is determined to protect the environment, while operating and developing a world-class airport at the same time.”

Since 2010, Hong Kong’s airport community has finished more than 400 carbon reduction initiatives to realise its carbon emission reduction goal.

The initiatives include the installation of more than 100,000 LED lights at HKIA, improvement to the airport’s cooling systems, and new electric vehicles and charging facilities.

An online carbon audit system has been created for AA and its partners, allowing them to monitor and report on progress in specific areas.

AA is further planning to partner with local and foreign universities to develop new charging solutions for electric vehicles, and achieve optimum energy efficiency with a cloud-based analytic energy management system.

Image: Replacement of LED lights at Terminal 1 of Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Airport Authority Hong Kong.