NAICM will be powered by solar energy, making this huge and ambitious construction a green building which will not only make aviation easier, but also be an eco-friendly project that will benefit thousands of people.
PV magazine explains that the NAICM will include the construction of a US$21.8 million solar plant. Furthermore, the project involves several green buildings that will be powered by renewable energies.
In its “Green Evaluation: Mexico City Airport Trust” S&P Global Ratings reports that it gave NAICM the highest score for sustainability, a E1/77, as the new building aims to power itself fully with renewable energy, reduce water use by 30 percent and energy consumption by 40 percent in comparison to the existing Mexico City International Airport. NAICM will also have special heating and cooling systems and energy efficient lighting, water and electronic use reducing the airport operational costs.
“The ultimate goal of the project’s environmental sustainability initiative is to become the first airport terminal in the world to obtain a LEED platinum certification and be one of the few in the industry with a carbon-neutral footprint. Pursuing that objective, NAICM has adopted several practices related to green operations, including promoting renewable energy sources, achieving a substantial energy use reduction, treating and reusing water on site, and protecting the environment.”
S&P Global Ratings explained that the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and other international regulators expect that the airport will follow many key environmental performance indicators in energy savings in order to have a positive impact in the city. S&P Global Ratings says that the new airport will become the most important aviation hub in Latin America.
Sources: PV Magazine and S&P Global Ratings.