The airport will be fully-powered with 100% renewable electricity from French hydraulic production from January, and is the first gateway in France to have made the energy choice.
After 18 months of discussions and work with most European energy experts and suppliers, Electricité de France was chosen by the airport “for its commitment and innovation capability” which it says allows it to achieve this result.
Nice officials explain the choice is all the more important because with an annual volume of 45 GWh, it is among the biggest consumers in the Alpes Maritimes.
It is also another step for Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur in the process initiated with the Airport Carbon Accreditation to achieve carbon neutralityby 2018.
The purchase of hydraulic electricity should make it possible to further lower current Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur emissions by 60%, and the new per passenger emission level will thus be equivalent to the emissions generated by a French person in 15 minutes.
Dominique Thillaud, chairman of the board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, explains: “I am delighted that our decision comes in a little in advance of the policy of energy transition for green growth.
“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 environmental choice of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur is made more significant by the fact that it brings on board most local authorities, as well as airlines and businesses present on the platform.
This means that on January 1, 2015, over 160 organisations will switch along with Nice Cote d'Azur airport to fully green, fully renewable electricity.
Thillaud adds: "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."