“This is a great opportunity for us to renew and increase our environmental commitment and take the lead in setting the right example.“
Dubai Airports has launched a campaign to turn off non-essential lights at Dubai International and Dubai World Central for one hour every day in the run-up to Earth Hour on 29 March 2014.
The campaign, which started at 7pm on 6 March, will not affect essential facilities within the airports.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “This is a great opportunity for us to renew and increase our environmental commitment and take the lead in setting the right example. We have been participating in the global initiative since 2009 with hour-long switch off at the airport and realised there was scope to substantially increase our contribution to the cause by extending it over several days.
“As an airport that welcomes nearly six million passengers from more than 125 destinations across six continents each month, Dubai International is a perfect venue to spread the message of environmental conservation far and wide. The idea is to inspire people to join in and contribute to this important cause,” Griffiths added.
The 24 hours of power conservation will save an estimated 300,000 kwh of energy estimated to equal 129 tonnes of CO2 emissions, more than 23,729 gallons of gasoline, or the same as carbon sequestered by 5,427 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
The 24-day switch-off will happen across terminals 1, 2 and 3 at Dubai International as well as the passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central. All non-essential and decorative lighting at the airports, both indoor and outdoor, will be switched off from 7pm to 8pm from 6-28 March and from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 29 March.
Non-essential lights at Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports will be switched off for an hour daily for 24 days in the lead up to Earth Hour on 29 March