Christchurch Airport has taken out the Efficiency Champion category of the Sustainable Business Network Awards after 21% reduction in its energy consumption and focusing on using cleaner energy sources.According to airport authorities they have saved 6.6% or 950,000 kilowatt hours in the past 12 months alone – that’s enough to power 120 medium-sized kiwi homes for a year.
The terminal was built with the world’s first large-scale system that borrows pure Canterbury artesian water (from the aquifer under the terminal) to heat and cool the building which can significantly reduce fossil fuel and electricity usage. In addition airport has implemented electric vehicles and LED lighting system for the buildings.
Christchurch Airport’s success in energy efficiency helped inspire the creation of its first Sustainability Strategy. The strategy challenges the company to measure, report and most importantly continually improve its performance in the five key areas – water, energy, waste, land and noise.