Dublin airport operator daa in partnership with energy company ESB has installed 268 solar panels on top of the airport’s reservoir system, which will provide more than half of the reservoir’s annual energy requirements.

The solar panels are connected directly to the airport’s reservoir system which provides 500 million litres of water – the equivalent of 200 Olympic sized swimming pools – to both passenger terminals, as well as servicing all the offices and businesses on the airport campus. The solar farm is part of an energy agreement between daa and ESB to achieve an overall target of 33% reduction energy consumption at the airport by 2020.

Dalton Philips, daa’s Chief Executive, said the company was working closely with ESB to identify opportunities to use low carbon technologies to improve energy performance at the airport. “We are committed to working in partnership with ESB to reduce our energy consumption by 33% by 2020,” Mr Philips said. “We want to be leaders in this area and help Ireland meet its national obligations in the process.”

Dublin Airport is already airport carbon accredited, as part of a Europe-wide airport carbon management certification programme that covers more than half of European air passenger traffic. “Over the past three years Dublin Airport succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 5,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to a 10% reduction in carbon emissions under its control,” according to Mr Philips. “We are looking forward to building on this performance and making even more energy savings that will also benefit the travelling public through sustainable environmental performance and annual cost savings.”

ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty said: “We have a strong and long-standing relationship with daa and we are delighted to partner with them on their low carbon transition, delivering significant reductions in energy consumption throughout the airport campus.”

Dublin Airport supports and facilitates more than 119,200 jobs in the Republic of Ireland and contributes in the region of €8.3 billion to the Irish economy. It has flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries operated by more than 50 airlines.

Source: Airports International