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Auckland Airport launches eco-initiative to reduce carbon emissions

New Zealand’s busiest gateway Auckland Airport has launched a new initiative that will see it working in partnership with tenants to achieve ambitious energy-saving targets.

Supported by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), the programme is the first collaboration of its type between a large-scale commercial landlord and tenants.

Auckland Airport will invest more than NZ$3 million (€1.9 million) in projects to measure and manage energy over three years.

It aims to save six gigawatt hours of energy – enough to power around 750 homes every year and worth more than NZ$2 million (€1.26 million), and reduce carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes per year.

EECA is supporting the project under its group-wide energy management programme that targets savings and helps embed energy management across the operations of large energy users.

The first stage will see an energy monitoring system installed, to help identify energy use and potential savings in firms across the Auckland Airport business district.

Throughout the programme, the hub will work directly with at least eight tenant companies to help improve energy use, with workshops and guidance developed for the wider group, covering freight, logistics, commercial, retail and hospitality.

Chief executive, Adrian Littlewood, says the airport is at an exciting point in its development, which 'enables us to build on the excellent energy efficiency work undertaken over the past few years, to create an airport of the future that is efficient, resilient and sustainable’.

Littlewood adds: “To do this we need to expand our focus beyond our operational boundaries to our airport hub, our airport business district and the growing airport community.

”We need to engage, educate and facilitate change. We are therefore delighted to be able to continue and deepen our relationship with EECA through this three-year programme.”

Auckland Airport handled 14.5 million passengers in 2013.

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