We are committed to seeking ways to reduce resource use, and ‘greenhouse gases’ that come about from Hobart Airport operations and activities.
Participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) we fully understand the emissions impact of our operations and are proactive in reducing these. The vast majority of our emissions are associated with our electricity and fuel use and we are aiming to take actions to achieve net zero emissions by 2035.
To complement emissions focussed program, we continually seek ways in which to reduce the use of natural resources – where ever possible adopting sustainable design principles and actions where possible- such as LED street lighting, rainwater capture and re-use, planting native, low maintenance native plants and much more.
What are HBA doing to reduce emissions and environmental impact?
HBA is very aware of the impact the aviation sector has on global CO2 emissions. We know that we have a responsibility to play our part in emission reduction and we are keen to reduce our own environmental impact where we can across our operations. For us, this means a focus on reducing fuel and electricity use, recycling and reducing land fill waste, minimising water use and so much more.
The reality is though this will take some time and there may be some emissions we can not avoid completely. For now, we are offsetting these emissions with our partnership with TLC. As part of the TLC New Leaf Carbon Program, HBA has purchased Australian Carbon Credit Units as regulated by the Australian Government – related to projects located here in Tasmania- these are of clear benefit to the Tasmanian community and environment.
The additional value of the New Leaf Carbon Partnership is knowing the funds contributed by HBA will support TLC to manage, monitor and improve the biodiversity values across Tasmania.
Hobart Airport is also apart of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program.
Airport Carbon Accreditation
We’re incredibly excited to have achieved level two accreditation with Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA).
This voluntary program is globally recognised with 96 members operating in over 510 airports in 42 countries with in the Asia-Pacific region. An airport must understand how much carbon it emits every year and from which activities and operations in order to plan how to limit these emissions. Therefore, as a first step, an airport needs to measure its carbon emissions, also known as its carbon footprint. An airport can measure its footprint itself, assisted by the accreditation guidance or get support from one of a number of specialist companies.
The international Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program requires that emissions are externally verified and reported according to the GHG Protocol- the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standards.
Following external and independent verification of data collation and evidence of actions, HBA are aiming to achieve ACA Level 4 in July 2022,
We have a focussed program to reduce those emissions we can control by 2035- achieving a 67.2% reduction in emissions in comparison to our 2019 emissions.
Beyond the formal ACA program, we choose to plant a tree for every day of operations- working with Fifteen Trees we have planted little forests in Brighton, Bruny Island and Wynyard.