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Qantas goes for greener Jet Base

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 25, 2010

Qantas has announced that it will install tri-generation powerplants at three of its Sydney facilities as part of an ongoing program to reduce its carbon footprint.

Two powerplants will be installed by GridX at the company’s Sydney Jet Base, which will provide power and also use residual heat for heating and cooling purposes, achieving efficiencies of up to 80 per cent compared to 35 per cent for conventional electricity. The construction of the plants will be the largest commercial tri-generation project in Australia.

“We estimate that tri-generation in Sydney could account for more than 50 per cent of Qantas’s targeted reduction in electricity use, with the savings in emissions alone approximating 6000 fewer cars on our roads per year,” said Qantas’s chief risk officer Rob Kella.

“It will increase the security and reliability of our electricity supply and enable further maintenance and operational savings. Qantas is a major industrial energy user and property owner in Australia, so this project represents a substantial commitment to improving our sustainability performance,” Kella added.

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