Environmental Experts Share Views on Mitigating Aviation Emissions
(HONG KONG, 3 August 2011) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today hosted a panel discussion presented by international experts, local airlines and Non-government Organisations (NGOs) with interest in environmental issues to stimulate discussion on the opportunities and issues to more effectively manage aviation emissions.
Overseas aviation experts from the International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International shared the industry's best practices in managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cathay Pacific and AAHK presented ongoing programmes that mitigate aviation emissions. The discussions were delivered alongside the release of an analysis on local air quality in Tung Chung and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and views expressed from Civic Exchange and WWF.
Over 70 participants from the aviation industry, government departments, major corporations, green groups, think tanks, political parties, business chambers attended the discussion to share their expert knowledge on greenhouse gas emissions, and more importantly, their experience in emissions management as well as the development of mitigating measures.
Welcoming the panel, AAHK Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said, "GHG emission is an important issue that the aviation industry is committed to tackling. Over the years, the industry has implemented many strategies to reduce carbon emissions. As an international and regional aviation hub, HKIA has placed a great focus on operating one of the greenest airports in the world, and is firmly dedicated to achieving ongoing improvements in environmental performance."
"Through sharing and discussion among international experts, local airlines and NGOs, we aim to put the issue of aviation emissions in the right perspective and map a clear way forward to enhance our ongoing efforts to mitigate the industry's GHG emissions. The knowledge and expertise shared by the international experts and local NGOs will enable us to analyse and address the issue more effectively," added Mr Hui.
Although the aviation industry produces approximately 2% of the world's man-made emissions of carbon dioxide according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global aviation industry has invested a great deal of effort and set ambitious emission reduction targets to mitigate its impact on the environment.
AAHK is committed to environmental protection. As one of the pioneers in driving an airport-wide emission reduction programme, HKIA has incorporated a diverse range of green initiatives into its daily operations and development processes. For instance, it signed the Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate Change in 2008, and completed the first airport-wide carbon audit in 2009. Last year AAHK and about 40 business partners operating on the airport island joined together and pledged to reduce carbon intensity by 25% from 2008 levels by 2015.
In addition, HKIA has also planned to replace its traditional lighting with 81,000 LEDs by 2013 in passenger terminal buildings, which is estimated to save approximately 12.5 million KWH and reduce over 7,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The airport will also upgrade the fixed ground power and pre-conditioned air systems at aircraft stands to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. Given that both of these two systems use ground power, the measures can help alleviate the greenhouse effect by reducing aircraft's carbon emissions by as much as 85%.
AAHK joins with international experts, local airlines and NGOs with interest in environmental issues in a panel discussion to stimulate discussion on the opportunities and issues to more effectively manage aviation emissions.
Stanley Hui, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK says that HKIA has placed a great focus on operating one of the greenest airports in the world, and is firmly dedicated to achieving ongoing improvements in environmental performance.
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