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Abu Dhabi Airports Joins Earth Hour 2011

Posted Sat 26 Mar 2011 07:38:34 am in News, Environment & Energy | By Dubib.com News Desk

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Abu Dhabi International Airport turns off the lights of one of its runways to raise awareness on reducing energy consumption.

 All of Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s (ADAC) five airports will take part in this year’s Earth Hour tonight, Saturday 26 March, between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, joining other prominent buildings across the Emirate by dimming or turning off lights to raise awareness of the need to save energy across the globe.

This green initiative from ADAC comes as part of the joint collaboration between the leading airports company and its major stakeholders in the Emirate including Masdar and Etihad Airways. The joint activities between ADAC and Etihad Airways include an environmental presentation; entitled ‘Environmental Awareness: Going Beyond Earth Hour’, delivered by H.H. Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Environmental Advisor to the Government of Ajman; who is infamously known as the ‘Green Sheikh’, and an art competition for children designed to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the planet’s scarce natural resources among the younger generations. In addition, ADAC has partnered with Masdar on the communication for Earth Hour and on future initiatives related to environmental conservation using elements of their ‘START’ campaign.   

ADAC’s five airports: Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma and Sir Bani Yas, will participate by dimming, or switching off, non essential lighting in airports runways, terminal buildings and management offices.  International aviation standards will be maintained throughout the hour while the airports are operated within the highest safety and security measures.  The participation is a key part of ADAC’s ongoing environmental awareness 2011 initiatives that include educating staff on energy and waste management practices, and announcing a challenging target of recycling 25% of waste from ADAC airports by the end of the year.

James E. Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, ADAC, commented:

“ADAC is committed to long-term sustainability and every day our teams are challenging themselves to find ways to save energy and work more sustainably.  Earth Hour plays an important role in raising the profile of energy saving for the UAE and the world, and we are delighted that our home carrier, Etihad Airways has joined ADAC to play our collective part, as key partners in the aviation community, in this worldwide pledge to making a positive difference to the environment. We also value the continuous support from our strategic partner, Masdar for its knowledge sharing.”

James Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We are making full use of Earth Hour 2011 to encourage our staff to reduce energy use in the workplace and at home and to make a long term commitment to the responsible consumption of our natural resources. We are pleased to partner with the Abu Dhabi Airports Company on a number of awareness raising events including our children’s art competition and a joint Earth Hour forum.”

“Masdar is keen to collaborate with stakeholders like ADAC in promoting sustainable living in accordance with Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Vision,” said Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Associate Director of Sustainability, Masdar.  “The START initiative, a sustainability awareness program developed by Masdar – and now an Abu Dhabi initiative – is a strong demonstration of such cooperation.  Masdar is proud that ADAC is among the first to adopt START, and we truly believe that information-sharing and partnerships like this are core contributors to advancing sustainable solutions.”

Earth Hour has become a global environmental movement with more than 50 million people from 128 different countries expected to participate by dimming their properties’ lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 26th March>

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure.

In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio.

These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.



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