Brisbane Airport soars on Stanwell’s first green energy contract

13 November 2022

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) will be powered with 100 per cent renewable energy, as part of a landmark renewable energy agreement with government-owned energy generator, Stanwell.

Stanwell will supply up to 185 GWh of renewable energy each year, to enable all of BAC’s operations to run on energy that is linked to Stanwell’s renewable energy projects, from the runway lights to the terminals, travellators, escalators, retail shops, administration, IT and electric vehicles.

Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, said the deal showed how the company, which had historically been known for its coal-fired energy generation, was moving to diversify to support the decarbonisation of one of the hardest to abate sectors.

“From small businesses to big corporates like Brisbane Airport, they all have one thing in common – they want access to low emissions power,” Minister de Brenni said.

“The Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan sets out a path to bring another 22GW of renewable energy into the system, enabling Brisbane Airport to help travellers reduce their carbon footprint.

“The Palaszczuk Government will invest $4.5 billion into its government-owned energy companies to build and own more renewable energy, storage and hydrogen projects, in partnership with carbon conscious consumers.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation Chief Executive Gert-Jan de Graaff said the deal would mean BAC could meet its net zero emissions commitment by 2025, 25 years earlier than planned.

“We welcome this deal with Stanwell and are proud to be customer number one in its renewable energy pipeline,” Mr de Graaff said.

“This clean energy deal delivers on Brisbane Airport Corporation’s commitment to be a sustainable world leading airport city.

“Queenslanders can travel through our terminals knowing their journey begins and ends at one of the world’s most sustainable airports once this green energy begins flowing from regional Queensland.”

Stanwell CEO, Michael O’Rourke, said Stanwell was proud to be supporting Brisbane Airport Corporation accelerate its net zero target by 2025 through its retail arm Stanwell Energy.

“This is the first of many renewable energy options Stanwell Energy will be offering to support our commercial and industrial customers meet their decarbonisation requirements,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“Stanwell Energy is unique in its approach when it comes to its service offering.  Our dedicated account managers are able to work with customers to develop tailored energy contracts that provide flexibility, security, and access to renewable options.

The partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation will be linked to renewable energy from the Clarke Creek Wind Farm and Blue Grass Solar projects.