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Sustainability taking wing at Moorabbin Airport

Goodman is making a concerted push into sustainable operations at Australia’s second-busiest airport, Moorabbin Airport.

Goodman’s wide-ranging efforts at Moorabbin Airport, 21 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, are helping the company – and its customers - to meet their sustainability targets while leading the way for others in the aviation industry to follow.

Goodman has installed solar and electric charging stations, planted hundreds of trees, rolled out innovative construction materials to reduce heat, and set up energy, water and waste saving initiatives.

Reducing idle time

Moorabbin airport deals primarily in flight training.

In 2019, Goodman introduced a circuit booking system for student pilots to reduce idling time, congestion and pollution at ground level. It worked. The system saves Moorabbin Airport about 100,000 litres of fuel, while changes to runway usage save it 250,000 litres of fuel.

Despite the airport-specific challenges, solar is ramping up. Current capacity is 944kW with a further 1,527kW across seven buildings in progress, contributing to Goodman’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Sustainable new buildings

Around 45% of Moorabbin Airport is industrial, commercial and retail. Around 8.4 million visits are made each year to outlets including Direct Factory Outlet and Costco. Goodman’s retail customers benefit from the inherent sustainability of the airport’s central location, with 73% of the 6,500 airport employees living within a 20-minute drive, as well as a continuing push towards supporting EVs.

In 2020, the airport’s first 5 Star Green Star (Green Building Council of Australia) building opened, with more to come. All new developments have up to six electric charging stations for EVs as well as to encourage uptake of electric power tools, forklifts and e-bikes.