November 20, 2023 By Wings Staff
In what’s being called a first in the U.S., Quebec-based Aeromag, a provider of deicing technologies, will inaugurate its deicing recycling facility at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) in Syracuse, N.Y.
In a Nov. 15 news release, Aeromag officials describe the company’s process – known as the “RRR concept,” which stands for recovery, recycling, and reuse – as a “full cycle” approach and technology that reduces the cost of deicers and secures the supply chain for airlines and airports, as well as reducing water consumption and the CO2 footprint.
The recycling process has the potential to reduce 3 to 6 million kilograms of CO2 per year, the release said, while saving a potential 20 to 25 million liters of water (5.5 to 7 million gallons) each year. Based on current average flight volumes, Aeromag said, SYR airport will only use around 50 per cent of total capacity, which will allow Aeromag to extend its services to neighbouring airports.
Aeromag has invested over US$19.4 million in the development and installation of the RRR concept, the release said.
“The opening of this deicer recycling facility – the first of its kind in the United States – has us incredibly excited,” said Syracuse Regional Airport Authority executive director Jason Terreri. “This project shows that intentional sustainability efforts can pay dividends – not only for the environment, but for our business partners in the airport ecosystem as well.”
Aeromag was founded in 1994, and operates in 17 airports in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. The company says it has deiced more than 500,000 aircraft.