Perth Airport has announced multiple projects to offset its emissions, including a partnership with Carbon Neutral to offset its bus fleet, as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Other initiatives include offering motorists the opportunity to offset their trip to and from the airport when booking parking online and the planting of trees in the Western Australian Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor.
Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said that the airport has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and is continually looking for opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint.
“As a first step, we have committed to offset more than 300t of emissions from our bus fleet,” Mr Brown said.
“This is an interim measure as we work towards migrating to a fully electric vehicle fleet.
“Customers who book their parking online, will also be able to tick the box to “offset” their personal journey to and from the airport at a cost of $0.88.
“Our new partnership with Carbon Neutral will purchase offsets within the Western Australian Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor project.”
This project will assist Carbon Neutral to fund the planting and protection of trees in the corridor that will offset the journey.
“We are excited to be part of this important local project which already employs more than 200 people, including local indigenous people, and will look to generate new jobs for tree plantings, seed collection and integrated agricultural activities for the duration of the project,” Mr Brown said.
“Carbon Neutral uses the highest standard available for carbon offsetting ensuring that every carbon offset is verified and accounted for.”
Mr Brown said Perth Airport was also looking at ways of using new infrastructure projects to further reduce the airport’s carbon footprint.
“The design of our first multi-storey car park in front of Terminal 1 also incorporates solar PV installation,” Mr Brown said.
“We have also started a project to replace all lights in our car parks with energy efficiency LED.”