How AECOM helped Sydney Airport gather actionable air quality data to characterize emission sources

How AECOM and Sydney Airport designed a cost-effective, user-friendly air quality monitoring network in support of the airport's sustainability initiatives

Jet taxing at Sydney airport with congested highway in the background.
AECOM used QuantAQ sensors to help Sydney Airport understand air pollution contributions from airport operations and the adjacent motorways. Photo: iStock

When the team at Sydney Airport approached AECOM Australia to design a new strategy for air quality monitoring, the challenge was clear: Find a cost-effective solution that could pinpoint emission sources, correctly profiling changes in air quality stemming not only from the airport's operations but also nearby heavy industry and the major motorway running near around under the runways.

Adding another challenge, they needed to do so by operating within airport security clearance policies (which drastically limited onsite access for maintenance) and a runway's unique logistical needs (no onsite power and nothing that could obstruct or interrupt operations).

With AECOM's network of 7 QuantAQ MODULAIRâ„¢ sensors, airport personnel were able to answer a complex set of air quality questions while operating under unique logistical challenges - all for less than half the cost of adding a second regulatory-grade monitoring station. Click below for the full case study.

At a time when community members, boards, and travelers alike are keen to understand an airport's air pollution impact, Sydney Airport and AECOM stand apart in their efficient and strategic deployment of professional-grade air quality monitoring from QuantAQ.

They may be leaders in their ESG progress, but they won't stand alone as the desire for facility monitoring grows and options like ours become increasingly accessible. Speak to our team to understand solutions for your use case.