Palma Airport will receive 5 million euros to become Spain's most sustainable airport

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AENA will invest five million euros to make Palma's Son Sant Joan airport sustainable this winter and spring.

In Palma, AENA has developed a sustainability strategy centered on combating climate change, improving sustainability, and increasing energy efficiency. The following are the proposed works:

Terminal building air conditioning that is energy efficient

Renewal of equipment and air conditioning of a portion of the terminal building with the installation of new energy-efficient equipment. The planned investment is $1.6 million, with all work completed by the end of 2022. The challenge is to generate sustainable air conditioning energy at Palma Airport using geothermal energy.

New electric vehicle charging systems

Son Sant Joan is AENA's main tourist airport, and there is a growing demand for more electric vehicle charging stations, both among private individuals and throughout the island's entire rent-a-car network.

The airport has 13 charging stations, and AENA-goal Palma's is to have 182 more operational by the end of the year to meet the demand for electric cars from car rental companies and private individuals in Mallorca. Photographer: AENA

This includes the installation of a new power supply system for the new 182 electric vehicle charging stations as well as the renovation of the 13 existing ones to meet sustainable criteria. The total investment will be 1.1 million euros.

 Aircraft apron LED beaconing

The new LED lighting on the aircraft parking apron is designed to increase energy efficiency and decrease current electricity consumption. The project will cost 1.1 million euros and will be completed before the start of the next summer season. This new beaconing will significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions at the airport due to electricity consumption.

Better apron lighting

In addition to the previous action, AENA will carry out a series of actions during the winter months to improve the lighting on the aircraft parking apron throughout the airport in order to reduce energy consumption and be more sustainable. The investment will be around 500,000 euros. In addition to this action, the agency intends to replace two generators with hydrogen fuel cells in the medium term.

A new air quality control system has been installed.

The supply and installation of a new air quality control and measurement system will cost around 300,000 euros and will implement all CO2 control services, particularly in light of the recent pandemic. The goal is to improve air quality throughout the terminal building for the benefit of passengers, employees, and airport operators. When compared to other European airports, this will put the airport at the forefront of this important indicator.

Source: Aena press release

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