Brisbane Airport Expands Use of AI to Reduce Building Emissions

A view over Brisbane Airport domestic terminal
Phil Vabre (GFDL or GFDL), via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – BrainBox AI has announced an agreement with Brisbane Airport Corporation to expand its revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) technology across multiple precincts of Australia’s Brisbane International Airport.

This week’s announcement follows on from a successful trial of the AI technology at the Brisbane Airport facility.

The trial was applied across heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and results showed a 12% decrease in energy usage, and a 17% reduction in building equipment running time, when controlled with the AI technology.

The six-month pilot study of the advanced technology also drew zero comfort-related customer complaints, which further reinforced the success of the system. With increased confidence in the AI system, Brisbane Airport (BNE) will now extend the AI installation across further areas of the airport facility.

Brisbane Airport management statement


Derek Boo, Head of Asset Optimisation of Brisbane Airport Corporation, spoke about the airport’s approach to innovation:

“We are committed to achieving our sustainability targets and experimenting and adopting new technologies which can assist in reducing energy use that ultimately contributes to carbon emission reductions – this is one of the ways we’ll meet our goals.”

“Based on our successful trial with BrainBox AI, we have identified several other opportunities to scale the program and we are looking forward to seeing the results.”

The BrainBox AI system uses cloud-based computing and deep learning to autonomously optimize the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure.

The resultant is a decrease in carbon footprint, a reduction in energy overhead costs, and the further benefit of extended equipment and infrastructure life.

An aviation first for BrainBox AI


The Brisbane Airport installation marks a milestone for BrainBox AI – it represents the company’s official launch into the aviation industry. Sam Ramadori, CEO of BrainBox AI says that this is an installation he would like to see repeated across more of the aviation sector, given the size of these facilities.

 “In a world first, Brisbane Airport Corporation is the pioneer among international airport operators in terms of using autonomous AI to reduce emissions at its facilities.”

“We know that airports are significant users of energy, and we also know that across the globe, corporate users and the public alike want to see significant reductions in emissions at these large sites.”

“BrainBox AI is a powerful yet painless way to achieve those reductions. The approved expansion of our technology is a positive step forward in what we hope will be a deep and lasting partnership between us and the sustainability-minded team at Brisbane Airport Corporation.”

About Brisbane Airport


Brisbane Airport Corporation, the operator of Brisbane Airport (BNE), is committed to 2030 Sustainability Targets to address carbon, energy, water, and waste impacts.

The airport’s decision to deploy BrainBox AI’s techology compliments its sustainable development strategy. Furthering its position as industry leaders in the sector; making impactful strides in the fight against climate change.

The latest initiative by the airport comes just after news that their privately commissioned report into noise abatement and reduced environmental footprint has just returned report findings to assist in restructuring flight path and ATC procedures.

About BrainBox AI



Founded in 2017, BrainBox AI was created to address the dilemma currently facing the built environment, its energy consumption and significant contribution to climate change. As innovators of the global energy transition, BrainBox AI’s game-changing HVAC technology leverages AI to make buildings smarter, greener, and more efficient. 

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, a global AI hub, their workforce of over 150 employees contribute talent from all sectors with the common thread of being in business to heal our planet.

About the author

Len Varley

A former Chief Pilot/Chief Flying Instructor, Len has 35 years experience in diverse aviation roles. Speaks fluent Australian & English! Len is the Assistant Editor for AviationSource.

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