Management of the energy
In October 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its 5th assessment report. There are three key messages: climate change is a reality, human activity has been proven to be its cause, and something can be done to stabilise global warming at a level which is not dangerous to society.
For several years now, Paris Aéroport has made the reduction of its carbon footprint one of the pillars of its environmental policy with ambitious quantified objectives:
• 65% fewer CO2 emissions per passenger in 2020 compared to 2009)
• 15% renewable energy in internal energy consumption in 2020.
To achieve these results, Paris Aéroport has developed renewable energy such as:
Geothermal power :
Since 2010, Paris-Orly Airport has seen 40% of its heating requirements covered by the installation of a geothermal power plant, with an aquifer at a temperature of 74°C and a depth of 1800m. It reduces CO2 emissions by 9,000 tonnes every year. Ultimately, the terminals' heating requirements will be fully met in this way.
Thanks to organic waste, such as wood from sawmills or sustainably managed forests, Paris Aéroport produces 25% of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's heating requirements. This also equates to 18,000 tonnes of CO2 which are not released into the atmosphere.
The solar power plant :
In 2013, Paris Aéroport installed a solar power plant which supplies all the energy requirements of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Environmental and Sustainable Development Resource Centre.
For Paris Aéroport, energy management also involves consuming less. To do so, Paris Aéroport builds and renovates its buildings according to the High Environmental Quality standards. For example, energy consumption in Departures Lounge M in Terminal 2E has been cut by around 20%.