Dublin Airport has been shortlisted under two headings in the prestigious Green Awards, the benchmark for excellence for Irish organisations demonstrating best green practice.
The airport is nominated in two categories – Sustainable Water Achievement and Excellence In Waste Management.
The awards recognise organisations that have made improvements or used innovative methods which result in waste and water quality or savings.
Welcoming the nominations, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said:
“I’m delighted our colleagues have been shortlisted in these two categories. It is great recognition for the hard work and focus that has been applied by all involved.
“We are constantly evaluating how we can improve our business so that the highest possible levels of waste efficiency are achieved.”
Despite passenger numbers increasing by 33% since 2009, Dublin Airport has achieved a 21% reduction in water consumption.
Further savings have been made through the installation of new pumps and controls resulting in a 35% reduction in electricity use.
Some of the recent key initiatives carried out at the airport include the installation of district metering areas, real time monitoring and SMS text alerts, an investment in audible leak detection equipment and infrastructural upgrade.
The Excellence in Waste Management category recognises businesses that demonstrate commitment, innovation and action in improving waste management systems through sustainability and innovation.
Dublin Airport has recently implemented measures to ensure no waste is sent to landfill, with a 29% increase in recycle rates.
Particular focus has been put on training for staff and management in food and beverage outlets, resulting in a 25% reduction in waste from these particular areas.