Middle East airports target carbon neutrality with environmental and emissions reduction initiatives
Dubai International Airport is undertaking a number of green initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its new Concourse D, which will be the home for more than 100 airlines when it opens in 2015. These include adopting recycling programmes during construction, utilising locally sourced and recycled building materials and the use of renewable energy sources to reduce the carbon footprint of the facility. In addition, the overall volume of the building has been significantly reduced to lessen cooling requirements and a glass facade will allow for more effective use of daylight. The intention is to promote healthy, durable, affordable and environmentally sound practices in design, construction and building materials, say the airport operator and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects. Meanwhile, Amman's Queen Alia International Airport has become the second airport in the Middle East to become Airport Carbon Accredited, following Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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