March 14, 2023

The Deauville-Normandie terminal, the first terminal in Europe with a negative carbon footprint

From the beginning of April, leisure and business passengers arriving at Deauville-Normandie Airport will have the pleasure of discovering its new energy-efficient terminal.

The current 1750 m2 terminal building dates back to 1972 and was calibrated to receive 35,000 passengers per year (in 2022, the airport welcomed 75,000 people). The new building now increases to 3700 m2 and will allow the airport :

to welcome passengers in very good conditions
The new terminal has dedicated and modernized spaces, and a reception lounge specific to private aviation, which is an asset for this airport. This more qualitative treatment of passengers is in line with international transport standards, moving from a level E to C, the average level for Norman airports.

send a positive message to airlines for the development of new traffic
Two 186-seat aircraft, plus a 100-seat regional jet, can now be handled at the same time. Previously, planes were delayed plane by plane as they could not be handled simultaneously.

to continue its rational development while reducing its impact on the environment
Jacques Ferrier Architecture favored the use of wood from Normandy and natural materials to reduce the terminal's carbon footprint. The technical equipment was also designed to be modulated according to seasonal commercial air activity, by insulating a part of the building that is not in use, thus allowing for optimized management of energy consumption.
This sustainable approach is coupled with EDF Renewables' project to build a 45-hectare ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant on the airport's "derelict" (unused) land, which covers over 200 hectares. Deauville-Normandie Airport will be the first airport to develop its brownfields on such a scale, in full compatibility with its activity since the glass panels will be non-reverberant for pilots. More than 60 megawatts of green energy will be produced each year (the average size of photovoltaic power plants commissioned in France is 15 megawatts), the equivalent of the annual consumption of 29,000 people. Approximately 700,000 tons of CO2 will be avoided over the course of its operation, making the Deauville-Normandie terminal a carbon-negative terminal (absorbing more CO2 than it emits) and self-financing. Commissioning is scheduled for 2024.

The work is being completed for the administrative part and the arrival area. They will be ready to welcome passengers by mid-April. The second phase of work, which includes the demolition of the old arrivals area and the construction of the boarding area, is scheduled for the end of 2023. This work is financed with the participation of the Normandy Region (95%) and the City of Deauville (5%). The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the project owner and airport operator, is in charge of its implementation. 16 of the 18 lots in the call for tenders were awarded to Norman entities, representing more than 55% of the budget injected into the local economy.

On Thursday, March 9, Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region and President of the Deauville-Normandy Airport Joint Syndicate, and members of the Deauville-Normandy Airport Joint Syndicate, in the presence of Philippe Augier, Mayor of Deauville, and Philippe Langlois, Mayor of Saint-Gatien-des-Bois, visited the site.

Delphine Barré Lerouxel
Delphine Barré Lerouxel
Delphine Barré Lerouxel
Delphine Barré Lerouxel
Delphine Barré Lerouxel
Delphine Barré Lerouxel

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