By 2016, Liege Airport will be completely powered by green electricity supplies as part of its overall strategy to cut down on pollution.
Liege Airport, in the Belgium region of Wallonia, plans to use renewable sources such as hydro-electricity, biomass, solar and wind to power 100% of the airport’s electricity within the next five years.
At the moment, the gateway has an electricity consumption of 10,000,000 kilowatt hours each year, however this is on increase.
With a recent runway extension and therefore additional lighting of exterior areas, airstrip markers and beacons, this is expected to increase by another 50,000 kWh per year.
Meanwhile a new north freight hall and new office buildings due in 2012 are expected to increase the airport’s electricity consumption by further 800,000kWh every year.
Luc Partoune, Liege Airport CEO, says: “Environmental policy is an integral part of our strategy.
“This shift to electricity based on renewable energy only confirms our strategy of sustainable development.”
Liege is Belgium’s largest cargo airport, and handled 639,434 tonnes of freight during 2010.
In addition, Liege has also implemented plans to significantly cut noise pollution in the area surrounding the airport as part of its environmental policy.
Partoune adds: “Much work has been conducted for the last ten years in partnership with Sowaer (Walloon Airport Company) about the issue of aircraft noise.
“Many buildings in the closest area to the runway have been bought out. For other areas of the noise exposure plan, which covers about 10,000 buildings, a very ambitious program of soundproofing was put in place that has given excellent results.
“The airport has also developed a diversified policy for the management of waste, air pollution and energy conservation. In addition, we wish to enroll in the programme ‘Airport Carbon Accreditation’ (from ACI Europe) before the end of this year. “