Brisbane Airport saves $3m in operational costs with a lighting upgrade

Brisbane Airport is one of the busiest single site parking environments in Australia, with just under 11,000 parking bays servicing a 24/7 operation that serviced nearly 24m passengers pass through the airport in 2019.

Optimise Energy Solutions (OES) worked in partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), to deliver a unique Lighting as a Service (LaaS) proposition to meet BAC’s commitment to sustainability, whilst also providing significant operational savings from day one.

Aimed at reducing power usage on airport, the project saw more than 10,000 fluorescent lights replaced by premium LED lighting across the P1 and P2 Car Parks at the Domestic Terminal, as well as in the Multi-Level Car Park at the International Terminal.

OES through its unique Audit, Evaluate and Deliver program assessed multiple lighting product manufacturers and produced in-depth lighting designs to optimise both energy saving and improve the overall lighting environment.

To enhance energy savings, yet maintain a suitable level of safety, the luminaires above the parking bays use smart sensors to dim or brighten when vehicle or pedestrian movement is detected, while the fittings along the roadways maintain 100 per cent light levels throughout.

The LED upgrade saw Brisbane Airport reduce energy consumption by 2.8 GwH per annum, which is estimated to be carbon reduction of 2925 tonnes of Co2, or the equivalent of 270 Households. Operationally, it has also improved light levels across the car park by an average of 91 per cent and delivered a Net Operational saving of more than $3m to Brisbane Airport.

This result has been achieved via OES and Brisbane Airport working together to develop a LaaS contract structure whereby:

  • The lights were procured and installed with Zero Capital expense to BAC;
  • OES underwrote the finance, technology and maintenance risk;
  • OES maintain the lighting solution at Zero Cost to BAC for six years;
  • OES is paid a percentage of the monthly energy savings that BAC makes each month;
  • So, Brisbane Airport made a Net Operational Saving from day one.

During the COVID-19 disruption OES has been working hard on commercials with its supply partners to extend the LaaS contract offering, delivering upfront net operational savings, to all Parking Australia Members. OES is happy to undertake a free initial audit of preliminary sites to show how they might help members slash their operating costs, without needing to deploy any internal capital or staffing resources. Contact Andrew Orr at for further details.


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