Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) is committed to managing and developing Adelaide and Parafield Airports in a sustainable manner.

Our philosophy is to operate and develop our airports in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, recognising that the success of our organisation can be enhanced by conducting business in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

We believe that in choosing this path we can improve outcomes for our business, our stakeholders and the wider community for generations to come.

Centre for Energy Technology Partnership

Our green partnership

Adelaide Airport is partnering with the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology to find clean energy solutions for the future.

By operating and developing our facilities in a sustainable way, we’re working towards becoming Australia’s most environmentally sustainable airport.

Why are we doing this?

Adelaide Airport’s total electricity consumption is equivalent to approximately 2700 typical Australian homes – roughly an entire suburb!

A large percentage of this total usage is attributable to our main domestic and international terminal (T1).  While the terminal design already incorporates many inbuilt energy saving solutions, we’re keen to find ways to further reduce our energy usage.

The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology has been helping us to understand energy consumption patterns as a precursor to identifying opportunities to save electricity, in particular through two projects involving thermodynamic modelling and smart plant room technology.

At the same time we’re hoping the research and modelling undertaken will lead to clean energy solutions that can be adapted to other airport terminals around the world.

What else are we doing?

In addition to reducing our own energy consumption, we’re partnering with the Centre for Energy Technology to support other projects that will have broader benefit for society.  They include technologies that improve wind energy utilisation and generate hydrogen from solar energy as a clean fuel source.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology and its latest research, go to

The partnership between Adelaide Airport Ltd and the Centre for Energy Technology also features in the University of Adelaide’s research area highlights document, ‘Research Impact’.  Find out more here.

Airport Carbon Accreditation

Adelaide and Parafield Airports are the first airports in Australia to be recognised by Airports Council International (ACI) for effectively managing carbon emissions.

We have been awarded Level 1 of Airport Carbon Accreditation certification at ACI’s World Annual Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2013 for our work in measuring our carbon footprint.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independently assessed global program that recognises airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions.

To find out more, go to

Low Carbon Statement
June 2014
PDF - 117 KB

Sustainability Plan

Master Plan
December 2009
PDF - 2.84 MB

Sustainability Policy
June 2014
PDF - 178 KB


Information Sheets

Greener Airport
January 2010
PDF - 776 kB

Solar Display
December 16, 2008
PDF - 252 kB

Recycled Water
September 20, 2008
PDF - 296 kB

Safety and Bird Management
September 20, 2008
PDF - 1.7 kB

September 20, 2008
PDF - 796 kB



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