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Environment Sustainability

Macau International Airport (MIA) as one of the main channel collecting Macau to other countries, should fulfill the responsibilities of spreading the concept of “Environmental Protection” to every units in the airport and also the community, to put into action, and have people acknowledge “Environmental Protection” is social responsibility, it is a key element of developing sustainability in each country or area. To execute the concept and measure of “environmental protection” as to contribute in the development of Macau, aside from fulfill social responsibility, it helps to improve the environment of the airport, reduce the operation cost and ensure sustainability which will help to enhance the mission of Macau International Airport – “Safety, Efficiency, Effectiveness”.

Recently, MIA has participated in the campaign of Airport Carbon Accreditation from ACI, through the continuous effort, hoping to meet the requirements from International Organization on the field of green airport and reduce emission, and to confirm the future planning of airport’s carbon reduction. To meet the target, and to enhance the environmental quality and efficiency on energy conservation, therefore, MIA has established an “Environmental Management 5-year Plan” (2014-2018). The objective is to get prepared of the related planning, to set the direction of sustainability on Environmental Protection for the coming 5 years, as to better manage airport’s environmental work.


Plan and Objective

"Environmental Management 5-year Plan" (2014-2018) has set up certain direction and objectives, as below:

  • The First stage: Year 2014 - To confirm respective working program and preparatory work
  • The Second stage: Year 2015~2016 - Execution of the planned program
  • The Third Stage: Year 2017~2018 - Environmental Improvement and target review

Through a series of improvement project and scientific management system, hoping to meet the requirement given by ACI regarding the carbon emission in airport, to obtain the level 2 accreditation, and better fulfill the target of certification in carbon emission. Meanwhile, the related works enhance the efficiency of airport to meet the targets in environmental protection.
Targets are as below:

  • Reduce carbon emission per movements by 20% in 2018 from 2012 level
  • Reduce power consumption of 2,800,000 kWh per year (equivalent to MOP3.7 million per year) after completion of all energy saving measures
  • Annual waste recycled and treated reaches 51,900 kg per year in 2018 (Increase by 180% comparing to 2012 level)

Green Projects

Green Wall
Green Airport – Replacement of Cars to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

As part of the environmental management programme of lowering emissions and create a green airport, until 2013, Macau International Airport replaced the traditional gasoline cars with five hybrid and three electric vehicles gradually.

Electric vehicles used in MIA
Macau International Airport launch Food Waste Recycling Scheme

Macau International Airport (MIA) always bears its social responsibility and commits to protecting the environment in order to develop a “Green Airport”. Therefore, we spare no effort to study viable waste management methods in the hope to contribute to the sustainable development of MIA. Recently, MIA carried out a food waste recycling program with introduction of the food waste decomposition equipment (food waste disposer), and a food waste collection point set nearby the north car park. The full support and cooperation were obtained from executive body – Administration of Airports Ltd. (ADA), and participanting entities: Servair Macau; Macau International Airport Restaurants, McDonald’s, airport CIP lounge, East Sun Cleaning Services Ltd., Brilliant Landscaping & Gardening Co. Ltd. The related entities will separate food waste from general garbage, and then separate out the biodegradable waste such as meat, small bones, bread, rice, pasta, vegetables and fruits, etc. The cleaning staff collect those biodegradable waste and deliver to the food waste disposer for processing. Finally, greenery staff collect the compost to growing plants in MIA. The recycling programme will turn the food waste to an endless supply of organic fertilizer, reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and destroy to the landscape.

The food waste disposer uses a microbial decomposition technology, degrade the majority of food waste into water, carbon dioxide and the remaining into organic fertilizer. The degradation process will not produce odor, harmful gases nor other residual waste. The existing food waste disposer can handle up to 150kg per day of food waste. Macau International Airport will keep considering further enhancement in the handling amount according to actual situation.

Food Waste Disposer
The decomposition scheme of food waste
Green the Airport with various plants

All kinds of plants are located in different areas of the terminal building, around 670 potted plants: Dracaena Arborea, Dracaena Deremensis, Calathea Makoyana, Philodendron Selloum placed in departure area; around 280 potted plants Aspidistra Elatior, Monstera Deliciosa, Raphis Excelsa placed in arrival area; around 290 potted plants : Sanseviera trifasciata, Dracena lemon lime placed in transit corridor. Green plants can reduce emission of carbon dioxide, purify air and improve air quality, MIA determine to provide a memorable green airport experience for the all passengers!

Green Plants in MIA
Replacement of Airfield Ground Light

The replacement projects of Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) of Taxiway edge lights and stop bars from halogen lights to 300 LED lights has been commenced since 2013, with subsidy from Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation Fund of Macau SAR Government. LED light has a lot of advantages such as increase safety for aerodrome operation due to its longer life time compared to the halogen lights; less intervention for maintenance staff on maneuvering areas; higher capacity for airport utilization due to less traffic disruptions. Besides, approximately 30% of yearly electricity consumption and 13162.96 KG of yearly CO2 emission can be reduced after the replacement.

AGL of Taxiway edge lights and stop bars
CAM participated in the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF)

Macau International Airport Co. Ltd (CAM) started to participate in the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF) hosted by the Macao S.A.R Government since 2010, through this exhibition CAM would like to present the plan and results of the airport environmental protection, by increasing the green elements to improve the airport environment in order to achieve the goal of “Green Airport”.

As our Earth resource is limited and precious, MIA will continue to carry out the work on environmental protection and to build a green airport, as our target “Green our Life, Blue the sky”.