Aeropuerto de Carrasco
First Airport in Latin America with self-generation and consumption of solar energy
Protecting the environment is one of the main targets in our company.
A strong commitment for sustainability is in the heart of Corporación América, which has consistently been striving to mitigate the environmental impact of its operations, aiming to transform Aeropuerto de Carrasco into a “green airport”.
In this regard, the company implemented a Waste Management Plan, along with an Energy Management System, aimed at the removal of fossil fuel usage, to be achieved by reducing heating consumption by 40%, and cooling consumption by 20%; increasing performance by 400% and avoiding the annual consumption of 122,400 m3 of natural gas.
The success of these measures, which in the year 2016 earned the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining’s recognition through the National Energy Efficiency Prize, involved modifying the airport’s Air Conditioning System. The company replaced the natural gas heating units with more efficient, electricity powered units.
The terminal area’s air conditioning units include an air routing system which allow them to either process return or exterior air (free cooling). Along with the glass surface of the structure, which improves thermal insulation and reduces energy expense, free cooling has been optimized, further increasing the building’s efficiency.
Adding to these measures, a new Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant was set up on a one hectare field in the airport’s premises, and is made up of 1540 photovoltaic panels placed along seven rows, from north to south. Using next generation solar tracking technology, it is able to produce 25% more energy than traditional mobile panels.
This solar plant is meant to allow for 10% of the terminal’s yearly power consumption to be covered by renewable energy, which constitutes a reduction of 352 tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere per year.
With the installation of this plant, Aeropuerto de Carrasco became the first air terminal in Latin America with a photovoltaic power plant for self-generation and consumption.
The successful application of its Sustainability Plan, carried out through all of these measures, enabled Aeropuerto de Carrasco to complete its level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), awarded by the Airports Council International (ACI), in virtue of the low carbon emissions. This award allows Uruguay to be included in a list of eight Latin American countries with low environmental impact airport operations.
Additionally, the airport terminal is a permanent member of the ACI’s Latin America Environmental Committee, and is ISO 14064-1 certified, which is an international standard for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
Corporación América is committed to continuous growth and investment into innovation for the lowering of its carbon footprint, while remaining faithful to the best quality and safety standards.