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Carbon neutral operations

There is an increasing focus on the environmental impact of airports infrastructure and facilities - how passengers are handled and transported, plus how aircraft are serviced and handled whilst at the airport


We will work with you to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and develop innovative solutions to reduce your carbon footprint, supply alternative fuels and neutralise emissions.

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Lower carbon refuelling operations

Air BP is introducing new fuel efficient vehicles and optimizing fuel supply installations at our operations globally. Air BP offers consultancy on refuelling technologies that have a minimal environmental impact. Implementing green refuelling operations:

  • Demonstrates commitment to your customers/stakeholders.
  • Ensures compliance with your local legislation and your sustainability plan.
  • Provides financial savings due to lower energy consumption.
Lower carbon refuelling operations - waste management

Constructed wetlands

 

Constructed wetlands can effectively treat oil, grease and industrial wastewater. Wetlands are functional in climates ranging from desert to arctic conditions. With low installation and operating costs, the systems are essentially self-sustaining with stable performances over the long term (into decades). 

 

Benefits include:

  • Decreased emissions and waste production.
  • Green and sustainable.
  • Creates ecological habitats.

 

Magna-strain

 

The Magna-strain is an in-line magnetic filter that strips out ferrous material within pipelines.

 

Benefits include:

  • Waste reduction – lower filter element consumption downstream (e.g. microfilters and coalescers).
  • Reduced environmental footprint – lower used element disposal costs.
  • Reduced equipment wear – caused by particulates (e.g. control valves, pumps).
Lower carbon refuelling operations - vehicles

Stop-start technology


Stop-start technology allows automatic switching on/off of the vehicle’s engine when the vehicle is not in motion. This technology is already in place for modern road vehicles to improve fuel consumption by automatically switching the engine off when the vehicle stops (e.g. at a traffic light). Aviation fuelling vehicle manufacturers have applied this principle to aviation fuel hydrant operations. This technology can easily be implemented on hydrant dispensers. For hydrant dispensers, the engine is shut off during refuelling. The system constantly monitors power demands such that during high power demand activities such as platform lift, inlet hose lifts, interlock system and lighting, the system will automatically switch the engine on to ensure there’s sufficient power to support operations.  

 

Benefits include:

  • Reduced carbon emissions.
  • Reduction in exhaust fumes and heat source from engine.
  • Reduced fuel consumption.
  • Lower cost of operations.

 

Electric vehicles

 

Air BP has over 10 years experience in the use of electric powered vehicles and can help you with your alternative energy refuelling transport methods. The goal is to reduce emissions, be cost effective and add value.  


Benefits include:

  • 100% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions at airport level.
  • 75% less fuel costs than a diesel engine.
  • 65%* overall CO2 reduction, including emissions from the generation of electricity used to charge the batteries.
  • Over 93% of lead, plastic and acid in batteries is recycled at the end of the batteries’ lives.

 

*Subject to power production methods at location
Lower carbon refuelling operations - infrastructure

Construction materials


During the construction of facilities, alternative materials have been identified which have greener attributes than traditional construction materials.

 

  • Rubberized asphalt concrete – a paving material made by blending ground-up recycled tyres with asphalt to produce a binder which is then mixed with conventional aggregate materials. This mix is then placed and compacted into a road surface.
  • Fly ash concrete – a by-product of burning coal in an electrical generating station which can be used with cement for the creation of concrete. This is a lower cost option than using 100% traditional cement and has benefits of using by product material.
  • Recycled aggregates – protects natural resources eliminates the need for disposal of existing concrete, which is crushed and recycled to make new concrete.

 

Benefits include:

  • Eco option preventing waste going to landfill.
  • Improved project economics.
  • Variable speed drives.

 

Flow switches

 

A flow switch is a device for sensing the flow rate within a piping system and switches the pump off after time if no flow is detected. Air BP has installed flow switches across its network to increase efficiency and prevent pump overruns, reducing energy consumption and the risk of fire.

 

Benefits include:

  • Reduces energy consumption
  • Cheap and easy to install
  • Eliminates the risk of fire through pump overheating