Brazil : Airport with solar energy an extraordinary example of sustainable development
ENERGIA LIMPIA XXI. Brazil continues to set the standard with leadership focused on the use of solar energy. Recently, the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Marcelo Sampaio, pointed to the Salvador Bahía Airport as an example of environmental protection during his visit to this structure this Friday afternoon (9). “The Salvador Airport has been an example of sustainability for the country,” he said, after getting to know the Solar Plant closely. The Airport was designated by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) as the most sustainable in Brazil.
“It is very important for the Ministry of Infrastructure to closely monitor the operation of our assets, and making non-mandatory investments is a very positive sign of the concessionaire’s commitment to offering safe and efficient equipment, as well as quality service for the user” , Marcelo Sampaio highlighted. The capital’s airport was awarded in the fourth round of auctions to VINCI Airports, the largest private airport operator in the world. A report carried by Energía LImpia XXI highlights the leading role of renewable energy in Brazil, particularly solar energy, which has become an engine of the nation’s green economy.
The representative of the Ministry of Infrastructure was received by executives from the Salvador Bahía Airport. During the visit, Sampaio saw some of the improvements made during the renovation and expansion works, an investment of R $ 700 million reais. “We thank the secretary for the visit and for the good relationship built during his tenure, based on technical criteria and a high level of professionalism,” said Julio Ribas, general director of Salvador Bahía Airport.
Marcelo Sampaio saw closely the results of the interventions on the main runway (10/28), which included the requalification of the drainage system, resurfacing, adjustments to the runway lane and implementation of the end-of-runway safety area (RESA ) in both extremes. .
The Executive Secretary also visited the Solar Plant, the first to be built in an Airport. With an investment of approximately R $ 16 million, the equipment was installed at the head of one of the landing and take-off runways and has 11,000 solar panels in an area of 30 thousand m². The installed power is 4,215 KWp. The solar plant has the capacity to supply more than 30% of the current consumption of the passenger terminal, which is equivalent to what is needed to supply 3,800 popular homes.
About Salvador de Bahia airport
Located in Salvador, the capital of Bahia and the first Brazilian capital, Salvador Bahia Airport has been part of the VINCI Airport network since January 2, 2018 through a 30-year Concession Agreement. Since then, the airport has incorporated global operating standards, seeking to provide more efficiency, security and a better travel experience for its passengers. With this objective, modernization and expansion works were carried out at the passenger terminal, an investment of R $ 700 million that increased its capacity by 50%, from 10 million to 15 million passengers per year.
Named as the “Most Sustainable Aerodrome in Brazil”, Salvador Bahia Airport stands out for its pioneering spirit in environmental preservation actions. Guided by Air Pact, VINCI Airports’ global strategy, the airport was the first in Brazil to reuse 100% of the water consumed, not to dump solid waste in landfills and to have a solar plant – with 4.2 MW of power. The airport’s actions to reduce carbon emissions also led it to receive the Carbon Accreditation Certification (ACA Certification) by the Airports Council International (ACI).
About VINCI airports
VINCI Airports, as the world’s largest private airport operator, manages the development and operation of 45 airports located in Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States . . With more than 250 airlines, VINCI’s airport network carried more than 255 million passengers in 2019.
Through its experience as an integral integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, taking advantage of its investment capacity and know-how to optimize the management and performance of airports and carry out extensions and other improvements. In 2019, its annual income from managed activities was € 4.9 billion and € 2.6 billion from consolidated income.