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HKIA Pledges to Be the World's Greenest Airport

(HONG KONG, 8 May 2012) - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and 40 business partners today pledged to make Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) the world's greenest airport – the first commitment of its kind worldwide. The airport community also announced it achieved a 10% reduction in carbon intensity in 2011, which is on track with its goal pledged in 2010 to lower HKIA's carbon intensity by 25% from 2008 emission levels by 2015.

The airport community has carried out more than 300 green initiatives to achieve the 10% reduction, including installing LEDs, improving chiller systems, introducing more energy-efficient vehicles and launching green educational programmes.

At today's ceremony, LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet Hong Kong Limited and Asia Airfreight Terminal Company were recognised with "Most Effective Carbon Reduction" gold, silver and bronze awards respectively for their outstanding individual achievements in carbon reduction. AAHK also showcased its newly acquired fleet of 31 electric saloon vehicles. AAHK now possesses the largest fleet of electric saloon vehicles in Hong Kong and will encourage its business partners to replace their old vehicles with electric-powered ones to further reduce emissions.

The ceremony was hosted by Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of the AAHK, and officiated by Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, together with Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK. The pledge was witnessed by representatives from several green groups in attendance, including Edwin Lau, Director – General Affairs, Friends of the Earth (HK), Dr Man Chi-sum, Chief Executive Officer of Green Power, and Eric Bohm, CEO, WWF-Hong Kong. Showing support from the neighbouring community, Chau Chuen-heung, Vice Chairman of Islands District Council, was also invited to attend.

Dr Cheung said, "Environmental care is not only one of the airport community's core values, but a principle we share in our daily operations and future development. Today's pledge to become the world's greenest airport marks a big step forward, putting HKIA at the forefront worldwide by providing a delightful airport experience and delivering exemplary environmental performance."

Officiating at the ceremony, Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, said, "The pledge made today showed AAHK's determination in environmental conservation during operation and development of the airport. I believe that under the lead of AAHK and with the support of the airport community, the airport could become the world's greenest airport with maximum environmental efficiency."

In 2011 AAHK began a rolling three-year environmental plan, covering a wide range of targets and initiatives designed to make HKIA the global leader in environmental performance. In particular, these initiatives demonstrate the airport's commitment to the "three Rs" of environmental protection: reducing, reusing and recycling.

In the area of energy and emissions reduction, AAHK will complete the replacement of more than 100,000 lighting applications with LEDs by the end of 2014. AAHK has also announced that all new saloon cars in the Airport Restricted Area (ARA) must be electric from mid-2013, and that the entire ARA saloon fleet must be electric by 2017. AAHK will invest HK$40 million to install more charging stations in phases. In addition, the use of Auxiliary Power Units when parked at aircraft parking stands will be banned in 2014, after which time all aircraft will use Fixed Ground Power and Pre-conditioned Air systems except for special operational reasons.

In terms of reuse, AAHK will increase the grey water treatment capacity to 6,000 cubic metres per day within the year, which is equivalent to recycling the daily water usage of 7,000 four-member families. AAHK will also enhance recyclables separation at the Airside Waste Station and work with all tenants on the airport island to achieve its goal of separating and recycling all recyclables within 10 years, except those that are unhygienic to handle.

AAHK said it will continue to work closely with its business partners to achieve a high level of environmental performance across the airport community, including setting up guidelines and providing regular workshops for airport community members.


AAHK Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung says the pledge to become the world's greenest airport marks a big step forward, putting HKIA at the forefront worldwide by providing a delightful airport experience and delivering exemplary environmental performance.
AAHK Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung says the pledge to become the world's greenest airport marks a big step forward, putting HKIA at the forefront worldwide by providing a delightful airport experience and delivering exemplary environmental performance.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng believes that under the lead of AAHK and with the support of the airport community, the airport could become the world's greenest airport with maximum environmental efficiency.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng believes that under the lead of AAHK and with the support of the airport community, the airport could become the world's greenest airport with maximum environmental efficiency.
LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet Hong Kong Limited and Asia Airfreight Terminal Company are recognised with
LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet Hong Kong Limited and Asia Airfreight Terminal Company are recognised with "Most Effective Carbon Reduction" gold, silver and bronze awards respectively for their outstanding individual achievements in carbon reduction.
AAHK showcases its newly acquired fleet of electric saloon vehicles.
AAHK showcases its newly acquired fleet of electric saloon vehicles.
(From left to right in the first row) Dr Man Chi-sum, Chief Executive Officer of Green Power, Edwin Lau, Director – General Affairs, Friends of the Earth (HK), Huen Wong Kwai-huen, Board Member of the AAHK, Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of the AAHK, Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, CEO of the AAHK, Chau Chuen-heung, Vice Chairman of Islands District Council, Eric Bohm, CEO, WWF-Hong Kong and business partners attended the pledging ceremony today.
(From left to right in the first row) Dr Man Chi-sum, Chief Executive Officer of Green Power, Edwin Lau, Director – General Affairs, Friends of the Earth (HK), Huen Wong Kwai-huen, Board Member of the AAHK, Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of the AAHK, Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, CEO of the AAHK, Chau Chuen-heung, Vice Chairman of Islands District Council, Eric Bohm, CEO, WWF-Hong Kong and business partners attended the pledging ceremony today.
Artist Hoi Chiu uses sand art performance to highlight HKIA's green efforts during the ceremony.
Artist Hoi Chiu uses sand art performance to highlight HKIA's green efforts during the ceremony.

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