Brisbane Airport has readjusted its net zero emissions target to 2025 as it speeds up its efforts towards aviation’s sustainable future.
It marks a 25-year slash on its previous target as the industry bands together towards a carbon neutral future by 2050, as announced by the International Air Transport Association in 2021.
However, Brisbane Airport Corporation said it has been working towards net zero for 12 years so far.
“This is not a new concept for us,” said BAC chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaff.
“We want to create a world-leading Airport City that future generations can be proud of, because of how we acted today, to protect the community of tomorrow,” he added.
To achieve its goal, Brisbane Airport has committed to transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy, including investing in all-electric airport transport buses and vehicles.
The airport also intends to develop an “onsite carbon removal project” within its dedicated 285-hectare “Biodiversity Zone”, and utilise 50 per cent recycled water by 2030.
The airport has also joined numerous industry initiatives towards lower emission, including the Clean Skies of Tomorrow initiative, which includes over 100 airports, airlines, fuel suppliers, and other stakeholders working towards supporting the rollout of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) — long thought the be the key to lowering emissions in aviation.
“We want passengers to know that when they’re travelling through Brisbane Airport, we are doing everything possible to ensure they are having the lightest touch on planet Earth possible,” de Graaff said.
“As we plan for the future, our decisions are based on protecting the environment, growing responsibly, and supporting our communities.
“We know we are on a green and gold runway to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games. Without the green, there is no gold.”
It comes as locals continue their battle to reduce noise pollution over Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs, after the grand opening of Brisbane Airport’s second runway saw its flight paths completely rewritten.
Earlier this year, local Brisbane MPs promised residents that Brisbane Airport’s controversial new flight paths will be “ripped up and redrawn” from scratch, in a major win for residents fighting against increased aircraft noise pollution.
In a joint statement, the MPs pledged to introduce all recommended changes to flight paths and airport operations, as proposed in an interim report under Airservices Australia’s post-implementation review of the airport’s newly introduced flight paths.
Then-federal minister for Brisbane Trevor Evans said a total of 49 changes to flight paths would be introduced “immediately” in order to mitigate aircraft noise for inner-city residents, who collectively made nearly 10,000 complaints to Airservices Australia related to noise pollution since July 2020.