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Darwin Airport wins international environment award

Sourcing 25 per cent of its power from the sun has resulted in international recognition for the Darwin International Airport.

Darwin International Airport (DIA) has won an international environment award for its efforts in lighting the way towards a more sustainable future and reducing its carbon footprint.

The Airports Council International (ACI) awarded the Asia-Pacific Green Airports Platinum Award to Darwin International Airport for its $13 million solar farm project, which launched in June last year.

Darwin International Airport’s solar farm comprises 15 000 solar panels over six hectares and produces the electricity equivalent of 1000 households, meeting the airport’s peak energy demands in the middle of the day and contributing to 25 per cent of the its overall energy needs.

The award recognises commitment in achieving outstanding accomplishments in environmental projects for all Asia Pacific and Middle East Airports with less than 25 million passengers each year.

Darwin International Airport Chief Executive Officer Ian Kew said it was great for the airport to be recognised by our peers in the international airport community.

“Our investment in solar energy is unparalleled for an airport operator in the southern hemisphere,” Mr Kew said.

“When completed, Darwin International Airport’s solar array will be the largest airside PV (photovoltaic) system in the world and already provides a significant proportion of the airport’s solar power.

“Well done to everyone involved, this is a great accomplishment.”

Other airports recognised for their environmental contribution include:

Airports with less than 25 million passengers per annum:

  • Platinum – Darwin International Airport
  • Gold – Adelaide Airport
  • Silver – Queen Alia International

Airport Airports with 25 million passengers per annum and above:

  • Platinum – Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • Gold – Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Silver – Hong Kong International Airport

The Green Airports Recognition was established by ACI Asia-Pacific to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and recognise ACI Asia-Pacific airport members who have outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects.

The award presentation ceremony was held on 11 April 2017 at the Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Doha, Qatar. Pictured below is Rhett Nothling, Project Manager, Darwin International Airport, receiving the award from Kerrie Mather, President of ACI Asia Pacific.

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A short film on the solar project is available on our website: