Hawaiian Airlines & Carbon Lighthouse Co-Pilot Clean Energy Project in Honolulu

Suraya Akbarzad
Suraya Akbarzad

Today, we’re pleased to announce one of our newest partners in Efficiency Production, Hawaiian Airlines.

Aside from inserting shameless puns into our official communications, if there’s one thing we excel at, it’s helping building owners turn wasted energy into cold, hard cash.

Buildings may not be the first thing to pop into your head when thinking about the airline industry, but all airlines maintain significant ground support operations — and all of that support requires energy.

Our two-month pilot with Hawaiian Airlines will deploy Carbon Lighthouse engineers to Airport Center, a 14-story multi-tenant office building located near Hawaiian’s corporate headquarters on Koapaka Street and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Since purchasing the 111,109 square foot building out of auction in 2016, Hawaiian has worked to better the building through several improvement projects. The airline leases most of the building to tenants and uses a portion for office and meeting space.

As Hawai’i’s airline, we are headquartered in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and so we are mindful of the impact our flying and ground operations have on the environment,’’ said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

We are always looking for ways to minimize our carbon footprint, and we anticipate the Carbon Lighthouse pilot will provide us with an opportunity to contribute even further to a more sustainable Hawai‘i.”

Through our unique, data-driven process called Efficiency Production, our engineers will deploy dozens of sensors throughout Airport Center to collect thousands of original thermodynamic data points — from air and water temperature, lighting and occupancy, to flow rates in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) equipment.

Supplementing this with utility, weather and other available data, we will use our proprietary CLUES® software to model thousands of energy scenarios and optimize existing equipment to arrive at the most financially beneficial and eco-friendly solution for the building.

In addition to reducing carbon emissions, we expect Efficiency Production to increase the overall value of Airport Center by improving the asset’s net operating income.

We guarantee the real dollar value of estimated energy savings by continuing to stay engaged with the property and its on-site teams to ensure the energy efficiency measures persist long term. This will translate into sustained building financial value and increased tenant comfort.

We’re excited to work with Hawaiian to help tap the Efficiency Reserves hidden within Airport Center by turning energy waste into guaranteed financial and environmental value.

Hawaiian Airlines joins a growing group of our energy partners on the islands, including Alexander & Baldwin, The Shidler Group, Elemental Excelerator, Ulupono Initiative and other local real estate investors who have worked with us since 2016 to build a more sustainable and resilient Hawaii through profit-driven carbon elimination.

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