France’s Nice Côte d’Azur Airport will become the first in the country to completely migrate to the use of renewable electricity with French hydraulic power from January 2015.
Electricité de France was chosen by the airport owing to its commitment and innovation capability after a discussion of 18 months with European energy experts and suppliers.
The migration is one of the first steps taken by the airport with the Airport Carbon Accreditation to achieve carbon neutrality by 2018.
Aéroports de Côte d’ CEO Azur Dominique Thillaud said: "The fact that Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur is one of the leading French regions in the production of electricity from renewable energy sources is also a great satisfaction for us.
"Indeed, since electrons always take the shortest path, the proximity of the sources also allows us to feel that above all we use a regional production, which is a guarantee of efficiency and cost savings."
The airport will be able to decrease its carbon emissions by 60% with the purchase of hydropower and the new passenger emission level will be the equivalent to the emissions generated by a French person in 15 minutes.
With this new move, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur will bring on board most local authorities, as well as airlines and businesses present on the platform. On 1 January 2015, more than 160 organisations will switch along with Nice Cote d’Azur airport to fully green, renewable electricity.
"This energy choice was made in acceptable economic conditions, or in any case preferable to the principle of carbon compensation financial mechanisms, which proves that we can entirely reconcile economic growth objectives and environmental imperatives, and the reduction of greenhouse gases in particular," added Thillaud.
Image: The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport will become the first to start using 100% renewable electricity. Photo: courtesy of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.