Shannon Airport group recognised on the double with dual awards

Shannon Airport.

THE Shannon Airport Group has been shortlisted for a prestigious national property award in the 2023 KPMG Property Industry Excellence Awards.

And, it was also presented last week with a special Innovation Impact Award for its history in innovation in the Shannon region by Asia think tank organisation Asia Matters.

Shortlisted under the Public Space and Planning Award category, the group’s outstanding achievements in the realm of public space and planning have garnered recognition.

The nomination arises from a series of initiatives the group has undertaken to transform its Shannon campus into a model of ecological and community harmony.

Notably, Shannon Airport Group has established a dedicated biodiversity garden on its campus, retrofitted with native plants and inviting seating to foster a profound connection between the local community and the surrounding natural environment.

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The Group’s conservation efforts also include the allocation of over 55,000sq/m of land for “low mow” zones.

In addition, the Shannon Airport Group has partnered with the ESB to explore the development of a sustainable green hydrogen plant.

The group has also spearheaded the establishment of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Shannon Airport and its Shannon Campus, while its newly developed R&D facility includes features such as roof-mounted solar PV panels offsetting 5.78 per cent of the buildings energy cost, a rainwater harvesting system that reduced indoor water usage by 62 per cent.

The KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards are recognised as the gold standard for professionalism in the industry, celebrating innovation, sustainability, and exceptional performance.

Commenting on the award shortlisting, Gerry Dillon, director of property at the Shannon Airport Group, said: “This is great news for our team. We are proud of our initiatives, partnerships with industry leaders, and dedication to creating a greener, more inclusive campus. Our team are delivering progressive sustainable initiatives, technologies, and new infrastructure across our Shannon campus.”

Meanwhile, the Shannon Airport Group has received an award from Asia Matters, the not for profit and apolitical membership institute.

The award was accepted by CEO of the Shannon Airport Group, Mary Considine, at the Asia Matters Business Awards 2023.

Explaining why the Shannon Airport Group was being awarded the special accolade, Asia Matters referred to the Group’s “incredible history of innovation”.

It said that “Shannon is recognised by key business and government stakeholders across Asia as global best in class, establishing the world’s first duty-free airport in 1947 and Shannon Free Zone – the world’s first free trade zone in 1959. Today Shannon continues its cutting-edge impact embracing future mobility as Ireland’s premier aviation and aerospace innovation hub.”