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Conserving our natural resources

The past year has seen BAC maintain its water management program which was recognised as the best sustainable water management program of its type in the world in the 2008 International Water Association awards. Water management initiatives include the airport's own freshwater lakes, innovative efficiency devices in buildings and terminals, building a recycled water supply to cooling towers and the design and implementation of a comprehensive, airport-wide drought tolerant landscaping program that also creates an attractive and welcoming natural landscape.

Improving energy efficiency remains a high priority, with the completion of an energy auditing program in buildings across Brisbane Airport and the identification of options for improved energy efficiency for lighting and air-conditioning.

Brisbane Airport is a busy commercial, retail and transport hub, and the wide range of waste materials generated site include quarantine, liquid, general office and general waste. BAC is acutely aware of the environmental impacts associated with waste management and has implemented a number of recycling programs. Most notably, over 200 tonnes of paper and cardboard have been recycled from the International Terminal in the past year, while the terminal itself has become Australia's first plastic bag-free airport terminal.