The Jakarta Post
An electric bus is parked near a charging station. (Shutterstock/Scharfsinn)
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) will conduct an electric bus test ride for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s operations. This environmentally friendly test ride is a step toward the application of a green airport concept.
To provide public transportation that is modern, efficient and environmentally friendly, AP II is collaborating with PT Mobil Anak Bangsa (MAB).
KompasTravel quoted from a press release on Monday that the two parties had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). A test ride of low-deck electric buses will then be conducted at the air side and land side of the airport.
Each bus manufactured by MAB is able to carry up to 60 people, and they are powered by electricity only. Fully using non-fossil fuel, the buses fall well into the category of eco-friendly vehicles.
The director of AP II M. Awaluddin stated in the release that the operation of electric buses at Soekarno-Hatta was a great way to reduce carbon emissions, particularly from the use of fossil fuel. He expects Soekarno-Hatta to be eco-friendly, on par with other world-class airports.
The airport received the early stage of Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2014, namely the Mapping level from Airport Council International (ACI). This level maps the carbon footprint of an airport to determine the amount of carbon emissions it produces.
Awaluddin aims to upgrade Soekarno-Hatta to the next levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation, which are Reduction, Optimization and Neutrality – the highest level. “By using the environmentally friendly technology (through the electric bus), we hope that Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will be able to achieve Reduction level from ACI in the near future,” said Awaluddin. (mut)