Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) recently announced that it has set a goal of making its international airports carbon-neutral by 2020.
The company operates five international airports in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Langkawi International Airport and Penang International Airport.
Earlier this year, MAHB released its first-ever annual sustainability report for 2009. The report was unveiled at the KL Convention Centre, venue of the International Green Tech and Eco Product Exhibition & Conference Malaysia.
The sustainability report was compiled using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard reporting guidelines, currently considered to be the global standard for triple bottom line reporting.
Information about specific tactics MAHB will use for reducing and offsetting emissions has yet to be revealed.
Although aviation is responsible for an estimated 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, there is a growing interest in reducing the impact both planes and airports.
British Airways has unveiled plans to establish what it believes will be Europe’s first ‘sustainable’ jet fuel plant, and Denver International Airport has installed three large solar panel arrays, making it the largest photovoltaic energy producer in the state of Colorado.
International airports in Sweden, Canada, and New Zealand have already achieved carbon-neutral certification, with many more setting aggressive emissions-reduction goals for the next decade.
Image Credit: Flickr - planegeezer