Salvador Airport is the first airport in the North/Norhteast of Brazil to obtain the certification on carbon control

Salvador Airport is the first airport in the North/Norhteast of Brazil to obtain the certification on carbon control

The Salvador Airport has just achieved a quite important milestone in the area of sustainability. It became the first airport in the North/Northeast and the second in Brazil to obtain the ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) Certification awarded by the Airport Council International (ACI). Such organization assesses and recognizes, along four stages, the efforts towards the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) generated by the airports.

The ACA Certification for level 1 was awarded on January 4 based on activities carried out to map and calculate the emission of gas associated with the internal activities of the airport requiring the use of electricity power and fossil fuels.

In addition to meeting the requirements established for certification, the airport also carried out an opacity test in partnership with the Programa Ambiental do Transporte  (Transportation Environmental Program) – Despoluir. Such test consists in measuring the gas generated by the fleet of vehicles and evaluating if the results are within the Legal standards established for emissions. In such analysis all vehicles used by the Airport passed the test.

Next steps

The next steps refer to achieving the level 2 of ACA Certification, which consists in the implementation of actions and projects designed to reduce the consumption of electricity power in the Salvador Airport. Actions already ongoing in the passenger terminal include improvement in the air conditioning system and installation of presence sensors in stairways, elevators and restrooms, for example.

The illumination is also being replaced by LED bulbs, thus reducing the consumption of electricity power for such purpose by approximately 30%. The design approved for expansion and modernization of the structure of the new pier includes the installation of insulated glass walls that provide increased thermal comfort while reducing the use of electricity power, in addition to the installation of an intelligent air conditioning system.

Yet this year the Salvador Airport will install a solar power plant with approximately 90,000 square feet of internal area and capacity of up to 5 MW, which will be sufficient to supply 100% of power required by the new pier. In practical terms that means that the consumption of purchased power will not increase even after the expansion of the built area of the airport.

“Obtaining such certification within just one year after the concession makes us sure that we are in the right path to advance in terms of sustainability. The Salvador Airport is getting renewed for the passengers and also for the environment”, celebrates Julio Ribas, CEO at the Airport installed in the capital city of Bahia.

Air Pact

As part of the Air Pact environmental policy, VINCI has as a global goal to obtain the ACA certification for all airports of the group throughout the world. The policy also establishes as goals for 2020 the reduction of the power consumption by 20% (compared against 2013), the execution of a risk diagnosis for the biodiversity and the ISO 14001 certification.

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