We are pleased to announce our Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation following a major shift in environmental efforts over the past 12 months.
We are now one of six airports in Australia with a Level 2 accreditation from the global program that that encourages and rewards airports for neutralising their carbon footprint.
In 2017, we were awarded Level 1 Mapping Accreditation and have now been upgraded to Level 2 Reduction Accreditation following a significant reduction in energy and water use, fuel consumption and waste generation.
It is a real testament to our entire organisation and the commitment of our team towards becoming a more environmentally sustainable airport.
With our Carbon Management Plan now in place to guide and measure our future environmental efforts, we hope to keep up this momentum and have our sights set on achieving a Level 3 Accreditation in the coming years.
As part of our environmental efforts, we have recently introduced a three-stream waste management system in the terminal to segregate recycling, organics and general waste.
We also perform regular monitoring of air, water and soil quality as well as energy efficiency and aircraft noise as part of our environment strategy with the aim of continually minimising the organisation’s impact on the environment.
The airport has a range of biodiversity values that are unique to the island state and require careful management including vegetation communities that are listed at both the State and Commonwealth level and a range of threatened flora and fauna species
To manage these values effectively we need to balance the protection of our biodiversity values with the operational aspects of wildlife management.
We work with external organisations and use camera traps to better understand the diversity and range of animals that call the airport home.
We have also ramped up our energy saving measures as the first airport in Australia to introduce a low power High Intensity Approach Lighting (HIAL) and taxiway system, using LED lighting in the Runway Extension Project.
In addition to this, LED apron flood lights were installed as part of the newly constructed wide body parking apron positions which will support Antarctic operations and international aircraft in the future.
The transition from halogen to LED lighting technology was made to improve operations and reduce the airport’s energy consumption.
Camera traps are also used to monitor the movements and better understand the behaviour of animals in the airport environment.
Since the installation of camera traps in early 2016, images collected have shown that many threatened species use the environment around and within the airport boundary including the Tasmanian Devil, the Spotted quoll and the Tasmanian bettong.
We recognise our role in protecting the biodiversity of the airport and Tasmania more broadly and are confident this technology will assist us in doing so.
Initial testing of virtual fencing devices in Tasmania has seen a 50 per cent reduction in road kill deaths over a three-year period and has been instrumental in protecting the remaining Tasmanian Devil population.
The virtual fencing will be monitored by Hobart Airport’s environment team to capture and report data on the rates of roadkill deaths in the area and better understand the behaviour of the animals that call the airport home.