The Airport Authority Hong Kong, along with 40 of its business partners, signed a pledge on May 8 to make Hong Kong International Airport the greenest airport in the world. This initiative is in line with the airport community’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent of 2008’s total emission levels by 2015.
“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,” AAHK Chairman Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said during a ceremony to launch the new campaign. “[Our] 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 officials also displayed their new fleet of 31 electric saloon vehicles during the ceremony. According to a press release, the airport authority now houses the largest fleet of electric saloon vehicles in Hong Kong and is encouraging business affiliates to slash carbon emissions by deploying electric-powered vehicles.
Other carbon-reduction measures AAHK has undertaken include installing LEDs, improving chiller systems and launching green educational programs, according to the press release. Such initiatives seem to be working; last year, HKIA — which also boasts the title of the world’s busiest cargo airport — lowered carbon intensity by 10 percent.