Newcastle Airport’s New Agreement Aims For 100% Renewable Energy

Newcastle Airport, in New South Wales, has boldly moved towards sustainability by signing up for 100% renewable energy through a deal with energy retailer Flow Power. The airport has committed to this transition seven years earlier than originally planned, demonstrating its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of climate change.

According to Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock, “Newcastle Airport is expanding to deliver growth to the Hunter region, and sustainability is key to everything we do.

“We’re delighted to partner with Flow Power. By offsetting grid consumption with green generation certificates, they’ll help us significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and help us achieve our 100% renewable energy strategy well ahead of our 2030 target.”

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The switch to renewable energy is a significant step for Newcastle Airport, which is one of the busiest regional airports in Australia, servicing over 1.2 million passengers annually. The airport has pledged to source all of its energy from renewable sources, which include wind, solar PV systems, and hydropower. This will ensure that the airport’s energy consumption does not contribute to the release of greenhouse gases, which are known to have a significant impact on the environment.

The deal with Flow Power will allow the airport to access a range of renewable energy sources at a fixed price, providing financial certainty and stability. This will allow the airport to budget more effectively and provide a hedge against future electricity price increases.

Right to left, Newcastle Airport CEO Peter Cock, EGM Aviation Shane de Wit and EGM People, Safety, Environment Georgina Chalker Source&Image: Flowpower- Right to left, Newcastle Airport CEO Peter Cock, EGM Aviation Shane de Wit and EGM People, Safety, Environment Georgina Chalker

Shane de Wit, Executive General Manager of Aviation, said that the partnership with Flow Power would make Newcastle Airport a leader in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. And Newcastle Airport has already implemented several key initiatives.

“In 2021, 99 kWh solar was installed at the airport producing 3.9% of electricity and reducing our carbon footprint by more than 75 tonnes.”

“Our expanded terminal is being designed with a 5-Star Green Star rating, and our new Covered Car Park will feature 1,212 solar panels, powering more than 30% of the airport.

“Sustainability is also being incorporated into Astra Aerolab’s built environment – our first commercial office building has been designed with a successful 5-star Green Building rating assessment from Green Building Council Australia.”

Wind, solar, and storage are all included in Flow Power’s renewable energy portfolio.

The Newcastle Airport, The Sydney Opera House, Snack Brands, Westpac, The City of Sydney, Asahi Beverages, and Pernod Ricard Winemakers are just a few of the organisations that Flow Power supplies with energy.

The Sydney Opera House at night Image: Wikimedia – The Sydney Opera House at night

An important step towards sustainability

The deal with Flow Power is also a significant boost to the renewable energy sector in Australia, which has faced significant challenges in recent years. With the government slow to act on climate change, companies such as Newcastle Airport are taking matters into their own hands and leading towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

The switch to renewable energy is also a significant move for the local community, which is increasingly concerned about the impacts of climate change. Newcastle Airport is an important part of the community, providing both economic and social benefits, and the decision to go 100% renewable will be seen as a positive step towards a more sustainable future.

The move demonstrates that change is possible and necessary, and it provides hope for a future in which renewable energy is the norm. It is also a significant boost to the renewable energy sector in Australia, providing a clear signal that there is a demand for renewable energy and a willingness to invest in its future.

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