National Carbon Bank of Australia



Description of company:

Melbourne Airport is committed to managing and developing the Airport in an environmentally-sensitive and responsible manner. As the site requires a significant amount of energy to operate its facilities, a number of energy audits were conducted to identify energy-intensive activities and subsequent energy efficiency opportunities. The LED lighting upgrade in the multi-story carpark is an example of where energy saving measures have been implemented in an effort for Melbourne Airport to become more environmentally sustainable.

Description of the energy savings upgrade/equipment:

National Carbon Bank of Australia carpark cwas engaged as the Accredited Provider (AP) of Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates for this upgrade.  National Carbon Bank has the knowledge and accreditations to guide activities to create carbon credits throughout Australia, then to trade the credits and provide businesses with significant returns.

More than 50% of the existing 58W T8 fittings, and 100% of the 150W Metal Halide fittings were decommissioned, with the remaining fittings being replaced by new 58W T8 fittings and ballasts. To further improve energy efficiency, daylight linked sensors were incorporated around the outer edge of the car park to control the lighting technology. Additional lights were also installed along some pathways to improve safety and general ambience in the car park contributing to an overall a highly successful energy efficiency project.

Financial and Business viability:

National Carbon Bank worked closely with AGL Energy Services, whom managed the upgrade, and carparkProgrammed Electrical Technologies, whom managed the installation, to measure and verify the necessary evidence required ensuring a substantial claim to the Essential Services Commission on behalf of Melbourne Airport. The energy saving credits were created following the VEET Commercial Lighting Formula.

This methodology resulted in the Melbourne Airport Car park lighting upgrade being  recognised as the largest single Commercial Lighting VEEC creation activity to date (December 2014) resulting in 5066.96 MWh Carbon Emissions avoided as calculated by the VEEC formula. (Savings calculated under the VEEC formula are based on 10 years operational life and 3000 operating hours per year).

The MWh Carbon Emissions avoided (as calculated by the VEEC formula) is equivalent to:
– annual greenhouse gas emissions from 735 passenger vehicles removed from the road, or
– 179 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled, or
– avoidance of CO2 emissions from 319 homes’ energy use for one year, or
– carbon sequestered by 89,571 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.