Airport has been sourcing electricity from renewables since 2013
- Credit: Stansted Airport Ltd
London Stansted Airport has been awarded Level 3+ carbon neutral status by the Airports Council International (ACI), in recognition of its extensive work to reduce and offset carbon emissions at London’s fastest growing airport.
The award was handed over to Martin Churley, Stansted’s environment manager, and Adam Freeman, MAG’s environment advisor, at the Airport Carbon Accreditation ceremony at the ACI’s World Annual General Assembly in Brussels. Achieving carbon neutrality means an airport has reduced emissions under its direct control.
A range of energy management measures have been put in place to monitor energy use, supported by a range of efficiency measures. These include the installation of efficient LED lighting, building management systems to optimise operations, the use of free air cooling and staff engagement campaigns.
These initiatives have slashed the airport’s energy demand, with gas use dropping by 19% and electricity consumption by 14%since 2011/12. This is despite Stansted serving an additional 10 million passengers a year during the same period.
To further reduce emissions, London Stansted has sourced all its electricity from renewable sources since April 2013. To compensate for the small amount of remaining and unavoidable emissions, the airport has also purchased verified carbon offsets.
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Collectively, these initiatives have reduced emissions from the energy and fuel used to operate the terminal, runway and facilities at Stansted Airport from 25,000 tonnes CO2e in 2011/12 to zero in 2016/17.
In addition, the airport diverts 100% of its waste from landfill, recycling more than 75%, and has a higher proportion (53%) of passengers using public transport than any other UK airport. Staff at Stansted also benefit from an 80% reduction in the cost of public transport with 33% of staff using public transport for work journeys.
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London Stansted chief executive Ken O’Toole said:“At Stansted Airport we are proud and committed to minimising the impacts of our operation on the environment and to working with key partners at the airport to drive positive change. After many years of hard work to reduce the amount of energy we use, we are delighted to be recognised by Airport Carbon Accreditation as carbon neutral, and that our initiatives at Stansted are making a really positive impact.
“This achievement is especially pleasing as it follows a period of record growth in passengers numbers and at a time when we are the fastest growing London airport.
“We want to continue growing the airport, offering passengers more choice and convenience and airlines access to the London market through our available runway capacity. But we are committed to doing this in the most sustainable and responsible way.”