Switching Off For Earth Hour

Dubai Airports’ 24-day switch-off in the run-up to the Earth Hour on March 28 saved an estimated 230,000 kWh in energy – enough to power an average home for approximately 15 years, which is equivalent to 159 metric tonnes of CO2emissions.

The campaign involved switching off all non-essential lights at Dubai International and Dubai World Central for an hour daily since March 5. The hour-long switch off does not affect essential facilities within the airport to ensure the safety and comfort of customers and smooth operations.

Phil Blum, SVP Enterprise Assurance at Dubai Airports, said, “This is the seventh consecutive year of our participation in this important global event and the second year of our 24-day long green initiative. While the direct outcome in terms of energy savings is considerable and positive, the campaign’s real objective is creating awareness among the thousands of people who are part of the workforce across the airport and the hundreds of thousands of passengers that pass through our terminals every day.”

To spread the message even wider, Dubai Airports organised entertainment events and activities with an environmental theme for employees and their families on March 28 at Zabeel Park.