El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá is one of the busiest hubs in Latin America – moving more than 700,000 tons of cargo and 4.4 million passengers over the course of a year. Making these activities possible is the airport’s fleet of diesel transport vehicles, which move both cargo and passengers between airport buildings. These vehicles, often outdated, require inefficient use of fossil fuels – one of the leading contributing factors to global greenhouse gas emissions. This is costly for El Dorado International Airport’s logistics and negatively contributes to the environmental footprint of the airport.
The Electric Mobility Partnership for Colombia aims to bring green economy principles to this high-traffic, high-movement microeconomy by working with a leading Latin American airline to renewably power their fleet of El Dorado Airport ground vehicles.
Through this approach, the partnership seeks to accelerate the implementation of a low-carbon economy in Colombia. In 2012, the city of Bogotá – which El Dorado primarily serves – committed to replace all diesel-fueled vehicles with renewably-powered alternatives by 2040.
To achieve this goal, the partnership will develop two databases: one tracks the airline’s vehicle fleet capacities including weight, daily work load, age and fuel consumption; and another that records total organic residue – such as spent cooking oil – from businesses operating within El Dorado airport. The reporting and tracking of this information will allow the partnership to identify diesel vehicles that could be successfully replaced with electric ones. It will also provide insight into how much organic residue can be sourced from El Dorado Airport to provide biomass fuel to a renewably-powered, onsite electric charging station to sustainably power the new vehicles. When completed, this partnership provides a model circular economy approach to a more sustainable transportation sector in Bogotá.