Phnom Penh Airport Accelerates Its Green Operations Program

Phnom Penh Airport Accelerates Its Green Operations Program and Commissions Environmentally-Friendly Equipment

  • New systems supplying power and air conditioning to aircraft on ground replace fossil- fueled equipment and cut further CO2 emissions and noise pollution.

Following its strong stance to sustainable operations, Phnom Penh airport – a member of the VINCI Airports network – has installed Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP) units and Pre Conditioned Air (PCA) units to cater to aircraft at parking bays. The new systems, fixed under the passengers boarding bridges, allow the aircraft to directly get electricity and air conditioning from the airport facilities.

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New ground systems will cut CO2 emissions and noise pollution.

Previously, auxiliary power units (APU) have been the main source of power for idled airplanes. The switch to FEGP and PCA aims at substantially reducing the use of APUs, which are noisy jet-fuel mini reactors that emit CO2, and other local pollutants, curbing operational efficiency on the apron.

The commissioning of the new technologies demonstrates VINCI Airports’ strong commitment to fight climate change through its global environmental strategy, AirPact. Part of it was Cambodia’s 3 international airports being awarded last October of the Airport Carbon Accreditation – Level 2, the only voluntary global program for greenhouse gas emissions reductions at airports launched in 2009 on the initiative of the Airports Council International (ACI).

General Manager of Phnom Penh International Airport, Hervé Bonin, said:

“Despite this unprecedented crisis triggered by the covid-19 pandemic, our network of airports continues engaging and investing in long-term initiatives that foster green development. We want our actions to not only benefit the airport stakeholders but also wider communities. Having airlines and the Cambodian civil aviation agency joined this scheme is also instrumental to its success and we want to extend our appreciation to those key partners.”

This article was originally published by Cambodia Airports.

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