TAKE2 takes off at Melbourne airport

Melbourne Airport has joined more than 800 Victorian-based organisations committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of climate change, through the world leading climate change pledge program, TAKE2. 

It is already playing its part having opened an eight megawatt tri-generation plant which generates a quarter of its energy and is enhancing passive energy measure in airport buildings, minimising waste and benchmarking its carbon emissions.

Heat reflective paint has been applied to the roofs of terminals two and three reducing radiant heat gain while upgrading car park lighting in 2014, has cut energy consumption there by nearly half, saving as much power as is used by more than 370 average Victorian homes.

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan said having Melbourne Airport join the TAKE2 family was an important strategic step forward for the program. 

“We already have Qantas and Jetstar on board, so with Melbourne Airport we’re adding to the high-profile organisations that can influence, and learn from others, not just here, but across the world.”

“While Melbourne Airport is particularly large, the sort of things being done there can be applied to many other businesses.

“Not only is the airport doing good for the environment, it’s reinforcing its environmental credentials and reinforcing its financial bottom line.”

Melbourne Airport Executive General Manager Corporate Services, Lisa Evans, said Melbourne Airport is proud to be recognised as a leader in environmental sustainability within the Victorian community.

“We have made strong progress in our efforts to reduce our overall environmental impact by investing in infrastructure that will help reduce carbon emissions. Signing the TAKE2 Pledge is part of our ongoing commitment through supporting Sustainability Victoria to educate the community about climate change.”

 You can read more about what Melbourne Airport is doing here.

The TAKE2 program is all about sharing experiences, so if you’ve got a success story contact take2@sustainability.vic.gov.au and tell us about your latest project, or how you’re encouraging others to become more sustainable.  You can also join others committed to taking action on climate change by taking the pledge to TAKE2.