9 JULY 2018
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Business aviation hub Farnborough Airport has become the first of its kind in the world to be awarded carbon-neutral status under the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme run by the Airports Council International Europe (ACI).
To achieve it, an airport must have mapped its carbon emissions, reduced CO2 emissions under its direct control, engaged with others on the airport site to reduce their emissions and invested in programmes to offset residual emissions.
The Farnborough facility over the last decade has reduced carbon emissions over which it has direct control by 42%, or 2,183 tonnes, and over the past five years alone has invested more than £1m into energy efficiency projects.
These have included upgrading to LED lighting across the airport site, which at the airport tower alone saved 15% of total electricity consumption in the first two months.
Sustainable travel across the airport site has helped to minimise liquid fuel use and 20 electric vehicle chargers have enabled the use of electric vehicles including a Tesla Model S. Bicycles are also available for staff for footprint-free travel between buildings.
Airport environment manager Miles Thomas said: “The airport is committed to responsible and sustainable development through comprehensive management of our environmental impact and we will continue to identify new and innovative ways to improve our sustainable credentials.”
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