Dubai Airports has successfully reduced its carbon emissions with total energy savings of 5.17 million kilowatt-hours last year across Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports.

In a statement, Dubai Airports revealed that the energy saved is equivalent to the amount of electricity supplied to 235 households for a year.

In order to attain the energy savings, DXB and DWC adopted a wide range of initiatives that included installation of systems and active participation in events, such as Earth Hour and World Clean Up Day.

Dubai Airports Technology and Infrastructure executive vice-president Michael Ibbitson said: “In line with the long-term goals of aviation industry, the Airports Council International (ACI) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dubai Airports' vision is to ultimately attain carbon-neutral growth.

“Dubai Airports is constantly seeking to implement innovative ideas and new technologies to limit our environmental impact."

“Our achievements in 2016 represent an important step in that direction. Dubai Airports is constantly seeking to implement innovative ideas and new technologies to limit our environmental impact in full support of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Environmental Strategy, the Dubai Plan and UAE Vision 2021.”

Energy was saved through the installation of new LEDs for street lighting, signage and airfields, as well as the implementation of intelligent occupancy sensors at the two airports.

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The optimisation of chiller plants, as well as the deployment of energy-saving variable frequency drives for pumps and automation, also contributed to the energy savings.

In addition, power was generated by solar panels installed on the roof of DXB’s Concourse D and the Police facility at DWC.