Malta Airport clean energy generation capacity tripled

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The Malta International Airport has seen a threefold increase in its capacity to generate clean energy after installation of a 998-kilowatt peak photovoltaic system.

According to the airport authorities, it has invested over €1.2 million from 2016-2019 in installation of PV systems. This has been done to lower CO2 emissions and protect the environment.

A total of more than 602,000 KW power was generated by a PV system with lower peak power in the year 2018 alone. The company told the media that this is equal to the annual electricity consumption of 40 Maltese households.

The new PV system which has been installed has a peak power capacity of 2000% more than an average commercial PV system in 2018.

“The airport’s investment in photovoltaics is but one of the measures the company has taken in recent years to be more environmentally sustainable, with other initiatives including the gradual replacement of lighting and equipment with more energy-efficient alternatives and the rolling out of a vehicle fleet replacement programme,” Malta Today quoted the MIA as saying.

The company also said that these initiatives were a part of the steps taken by the wider aviation industry. The Maltese International Airport is a member of ACI’s Carbon Accreditation Programme and also recently signed Airport Council International (ACI) Europe’s resolution.

ACI resolution aims to make the Aviation industry a net-zero carbon emission industry before the year 2050.