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Brisbane's sustainable airport set to take off

Brisbane may soon lay claim to being Australia’s most sustainable airport.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has registered its Property Development Master Plan to achieve a Green Star – Communities PILOT rating.

The Green Star – Communities rating tool is one of the world’s first independent, transparent, national schemes designed to assess and certify the sustainability of community-level projects.

“Brisbane Airport’s property vision is for a sustainable centre for business, industrial, retail and leisure opportunities,” says the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew.

“A Green Star – Communities rating will provide BAC with independent verification and global recognition for this vision and its commitment to sustainable development.”

“This is a significant step not just for Brisbane Airport, but also for the people of Brisbane, who will gain independent proof that their airport delivers environmental, economic and social sustainability not just now, but for decades to come,” Ms Madew adds.

The Property Development Master Plan was released in 2012 as a 50-year vision for the land which can be developed around Brisbane Airport, the first of its kind for an Australian airport.

“Our vision for this plan has always been to create a vibrant centre for commerce, innovation and recreation and an internationally recognised model of sustainable development,” says BAC’s Property General Manager, Renaye Peters.

“A Green Star – Communities rating will help support the notion of the airport as the natural address for companies seeking a reputation for responsible development.

“We welcome the opportunity to be involved in initiatives such as this pilot as it expands upon the environmental sustainability measures already in place, such as use of potable water and reduction in electricity consumption, and will strengthen Brisbane Airport’s reputation as Australia’s green airport,” Ms Peters says.

The Property Development Master Plan will be assessed against best practice benchmarks for liveability, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, design excellence, governance and innovation.

“We are delighted to be working with BAC on a project that will set new benchmarks for airport facilities the world over,” Ms Madew concludes.


About Brisbane Airport Corporation

Brisbane Airport is the front door to Queensland and the third largest airport in Australia on passenger numbers, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is Australia’s largest capital city airport (by land size).  In 2011/12FY Brisbane Airport welcomed more than 21 million passengers (nearly the entire population of Australia) through its terminals.  There is also more than 420 businesses located at the airport with a combined workforce of more than 19,000 people (similar to the total population of some of Australia’s regional cities such as Armidale in Northern NSW).  Workers at the airport are expected to grow to 50,000 by 2029.