Izmir is amongst the most environmentally-friendly airports around the globe
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, operated by TAV, decreased its carbon emissions to the minimum level and neutralized the remaining amount by investing into clean energy. Following Ankara Esenboğa Airport, Izmir has become the second airport in Turkey that neutralized its carbon emissions.
Operated by TAV Airports, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport neutralized its carbon emissions, which is one of the main reasons for climate change, and listed amongst the top 20 environmentally-friendly airports in Europe. TAV operated another airport, Ankara Esenboğa Airport, also achieved that level last year. Both airports are awarded Level 3+ certifications, which is the highest rank in Airport Carbon Accreditation program executed by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
TAV Ege General Manager Erkan Balcı stated: “TAV Airports places sustainability to the focus of all its operational activities. We endeavor to minimize the impacts of our operations on the environment while providing a reliable, comfortable and rapid service to our passengers. We have the goal to minimize our carbon emissions by continuing our investments in energy efficiency. Moreover, we are producing a certain amount of electricity by solar energy. We are closely following up up-to-date international projects and studies on this issue and committed to comply with the highest standards."
ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovecexpressed: “We are delighted for TAV and their team at Izmir Airport and congratulate them on becoming the latest carbon neutral airport in Europe. Most promisingly we are seeing a lot of airports moving up the levels of the programme as they strive to get closer and closer to carbon neutrality. There are now 20 European airports at Level 3 Optimization - the level just before carbon neutral status - and they welcome over 29% of European air passengers."
Adnan Menderes Airport new domestic terminal became the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificated terminal building in Turkey and also listed amongst the top 10 airports worldwide.
Having 5,200 sqm of photovoltaic panels at its new terminal, the airport produces 450,000 kW/hour energy per year from solar energy. Generating electrical, heating and cooling energies from natural gas, trigeneration plant was put into operation by TAV, which resulted in 37 percent efficiency in energy costs.
TAV has been actively participating in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which was initiated by ACI Europe, the main organization of the airport operators, since 2009. Participating in the program with Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa and Izmir Adnan Menderes airports in Turkey, TAV is the first airport operator certified in Africa continent by the Enfidha Airport.
Providing service to 12.1 million passengers last year, Adnan Menderes Airport has commenced a series of practices in order to use the energy efficiently without compromising passenger comfort. Waste management, automatic lighting control, using LED fixtures, trigeneration plant producing electrical, heating and cooling energies from natural gas can be given amongst the finest examples of these practices.
As a result of these practices, which were audited by independent institutions, Adnan Menderes Airport received Level 3+ certification in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. As of May 2016, 157 airports at four continents participate in the program. These airports participating in the program represent 33 percent of global passenger traffic.