September 25, 2008

Penang Airport Next to Go `Green’

By Hamisah Hamid

BOSTON: The Penang International Airport will be the second airport after the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang to be recognised as a "green" airport, says Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad.

The airport operator is currently taking steps to make all airports under its management environmentally-friendly.

"We will start with the international airports. It is going to be slightly harder (with the other domestic airports) as they are not designed to be environmentally-friendly," he said.

Bashir also said that KLIA has embarked on an initiative to be carbon-neutral. However, there is no target date set for the airport to be carbon-neutral.

"It will be based on what we can control because we cannot control aircraft emission," he added.

Earlier, Bashir presented a talk on "KLIA: Built to be Green" at a session on Changing for Climate Change.

He said one of the green initiatives that generates revenue to MAHB is the planting of oil palm plantation around KLIA to reduce noise pollution.

Meanwhile, Boeing managing director (environmental strategy) Billy Glover said the planemakeris focusing on technology, fuel and efficiency to reduce carbon emission by airplanes.

"Seventy-five per cent of our research and development has some environmental outcome associated with it," he said.

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