Dublin Airport’s Electric Vehicle Strategy Takes Off

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July 17, 2019

Dublin Airport has a target to convert its existing fleet of 111 vehicles to Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) over the next five years.

The move to LEVs is part of the airport’s overall sustainability strategy which includes targets based around carbon, energy, waste, water and the fleet of vehicles used on the airport campus. These initiatives will deliver a range of immediate benefits to those that work at the airport and to local communities.

The benefits include improvements in air quality, a reduction in noise and carbon emissions and further savings in airport energy consumption.

Some areas of Dublin Airport’s operation require specialist four-wheel drive vehicles. A recently developed plug-in, hybrid replacement for four-wheel drives that were traditionally powered by two-litre diesel engines has allowed the airport to convert vehicles across its operation.

“Our licence to grow Dublin Airport is predicated on operating in a sustainable manner and we take our responsibilities in this regard very seriously,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“Using low-emission vehicles is another great step in achieving our sustainability targets and being an exemplar to other airports and organisations in Ireland and across the world. Our fleet management team continually monitor the developing LEV market to identify appropriate vehicles that can replace existing vehicles in line with our vehicle maintenance strategies,” Harrison added.

Teams across the airport recently took delivery of six low-emission vehicles with two more due for delivery in the coming months. Around 20% of the airport’s vehicle fleet have now been upgraded to Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs) and a further 5% are Hybrid vehicles.

Dublin Airport also aims to convert its bus operations to a low emission vehicle fleet by 2022. Trials of electric buses took place on the campus earlier this year in association with Aircoach.

The LEV strategy is part of daa’s overall Sustainability Strategy. Further details are available Opens in new windowhere.

In the last five years, Dublin Airport has reduced its primary energy consumption by a cumulative value of 9,285,011kWh. This is equivalent to the average yearly usage of about 450-500 standard semi-detached houses. In the last ten years, water consumption per passenger has reduced by 26.8 litres. That’s the equivalent of filling almost 10 million baths.

Dublin Airport supports 117,300 jobs in the Irish economy, including 19,200 people employed directly at the airport and its environs. The economic activity underpinned by Dublin Airport in terms of the spin-off benefits through trade, tourism, and jobs is worth €8.3 billion to the Irish economy annually.

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Image: Myles Reilly, Airside Delivery Manager, Owen Hickey, Airside Training Instructor, Catherine Fox, Passenger Screening Supervisor, Siobhán Bisset, Vehicle Control Posts Assistant Manager, Joe Roche, Airfield Systems Manager, Seán McKessy, Airfield Supervisor and Darren McAtamney, Heavy Fleet and Logistics Engineer pictured with some of Dublin Airport’s LEV fleet.

New electric buses at Brisbane Airport

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New electric buses at Brisbane Airport a win/win for travellers and the environment

Brisbane, 05 June 2017

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is continuing its commitment to sustainability and the environment, being the first Australian airport to roll out a fleet of 11 electric buses.

Carbridge, an Australian-headquartered world leader in aviation passenger ground transport, has been awarded the more than $5 million per year contract to exclusively build, operate and maintain all aspects of the Brisbane Airport bus fleet following a competitive tender process.

The five year contract will commence on 1 July 2017 with the new electric bus fleet coming into full operation in February 2018.

Martin Ryan, Head of Parking and Transport Services at Brisbane Airport, said, “The roll out of electric buses for our landside transport needs reinforces BAC’s ongoing commitment to a cleaner, greener environment and improved passenger experience.

“The new fleet will be super quiet and environmentally clean, having reduced noise pollution and zero tail pipe emissions.

“In fact, swapping out our current fleet for electric buses will result in a reduction of 250 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road,” Mr Ryan said.

Passenger comfort and functionality have not been forgotten with tailored interiors designed specifically for travellers, including plenty of luggage racks, plus three full size double doors making boarding and disembarking more efficient.

“Technology and innovation is also interwoven into the vehicles, with GPS next stop announcements, driver monitoring and real time tracking data, meaning issues can be immediately identified and responded to in real time,” Mr Ryan added.

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Martin Ryan (Brisbane Airport) and Luke Todd (Carbridge)

Luke Todd, Carbridge CEO, said, “Carbridge is proud to partner with Brisbane Airport to deliver world leading bussing technology for the airport and its patrons.

“The Toro electric buses created by Carbridge are powered by BYD battery technology and are built with an aerospace lightweight aluminium bus body.

“The Carbridge Toro is statistically the world’s best electric bus with a driving range of 600 kilometres on a single charge. The buses use kinetic power regeneration technology to produce charge as the buses decelerate. This advanced technology further reduces battery recharging frequency as power generation is created by the buses whilst in motion.

“Carbridge is delighted to build further upon our long-term relationship with Brisbane Airport which commenced in 2008,” Mr Todd said.

Carbridge is one of Australasia’s leading airport service providers delivering a range of airport infrastructure services including transport, luggage trolley management and passenger facilitation services across multiple airports.

The roll out of Electric Buses is for landside transport operations only at this time.

Carbridge will still operate standard buses airside under separate contractual agreements with Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia.

Source: Brisbane Airport