U.S. rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) revealed the New International Airport for Mexico City (NAICM) will include the construction of a US$ 21.8 million solar plant as part of a goal to operate the facility with 100% renewable energy and achieve reductions of 30% in water and 40% in energy consumption compared to the existing airport.
The Standard & Poor’s document evaluates investments to be made in the airport’s “green” projects with a score of E1/77. E1 is the highest score on our scale, while E4 is the lowest.
“NAICM was conceived as a sustainable infrastructure project from its inception and seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and pollution through certified green buildings, renewable energy (mainly photovoltaic solar), and water treatment,” said S&P. According to Mexican media, photovoltaic installations planned for the new airport may have a combined capacity between 30 MW and 40 MW.
S&P has positively evaluated the first series of senior bonds worth US$ 2 billion that were issued by Mexico City Airport Trust in September 2016. The rating agency also said it expects the bond debt to gradually increase, reaching up to US$ 6 billion over the next two to three years.
“The ultimate goal of the project’s environmental sustainability initiative is to become the first airport terminal in the world to obtain an LEED platinum certification and be one of the few in the industry with a carbon-neutral footprint. Pursuing that objective, NAICM has adopted several practices related to green operations, including promoting renewable energy sources, achieving a substantial energy use reduction, treating and re-using water on site, and protecting the environment,” says the report by S&P.