Birmingham Airport announces major upgrade and investment as part of environmental campaign

Birmingham Airport has announced a multi-million pound upgrade and investment program as part of its drive to become net zero by 2033. After first announcing the plan in 2019, the Airport has now announced a roadmap that prioritizes zero-carbon airport operations while minimizing the use of carbon offsets.

The plan builds on a decade of learning and investment that has already reduced controlled airport emissions by 33%. This has been achieved through the use of solar energy, the transition to electric vehicles and energy efficiency measures.

Looking ahead, the airport has announced an initial multi-million pound commitment over the next four years to reduce the emissions it controls by 60% by investing in on-site renewable energy generation, lighting energy efficiency and energy management technology. It says it aims to supply up to 40% of the electricity used at the airport with solar energy and switch the entire airport site to 100% green electricity from solar energy. April 2022.

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There are also plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points to 25 to prepare for the growing number of low-carbon vehicles accessing the airport. The investment will see the renewal of the airport’s heating and cooling infrastructure, including the upgrading of the building fabric and a gradual transition to a low-carbon economy.

It will also invest in new emerging technologies to generate low-carbon energy beyond 2030. The airport says it will engage with a range of stakeholders, including customers, employees, tenants and political actors, to collaborate and bring low-carbon technologies, aircraft and operations to the Bickenhill site.

The airport also says it is aware of the bigger picture. With emissions from UK airports representing around 0.7% of UK aviation emissions, it says it will help airlines and other third parties using the airport to reduce their emissions associated with the airport.

Birmingham Airport’s Managing Director, Nick Barton, said: “Our Net Zero Carbon plan sets out how we will become net zero by 2033 through investment in energy saving initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders over the next decade. Our investment to become net zero will increase immediately with multi-million pound spending through 2025 focused on renewables and energy efficiency.

“The second phase of investment will be developed to complete our net zero transition by 2033, with a focus on emerging technologies to create a low carbon environment. low-carbon operations, we know that meeting our net zero goal will require more impactful and immediate action.

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“Through innovation and cooperation in partnership, we can bring real change to climate impact through our combined operations. We are proud to have made this commitment and keen to reduce our carbon footprint for emissions under our control, but also to innovate with our stakeholders to introduce low-carbon operations associated with aircraft and ground movements.

The airport also released its Sustainability Update for the year 2020-21, which outlines the progress made in the first year of implementing its 2020-2025 sustainability strategy. It outlines its goals and objectives for climate change, local air quality, waste, supply chain and circular economy, water, biodiversity, noise, community investment and well being, as well as economic development and employment.

Mr Barton added: “When we launched the sustainability strategy at the end of 2019, we could never have imagined the catastrophic impact the pandemic would have on all of our lives. Although far from unique, the impact on aviation has been severe and we have had to diversify and prioritize investments over the past few years.

“While we now see signs of recovery, I am confident that we will reach net zero by 2033 and deliver on our sustainability strategy commitments in the years to come. Being a responsible neighbor is imperative key commercial for Birmingham Airport, so I hope these publications will inform our stakeholders on how we will continue to create jobs and meet the flying needs of our region while mitigating our impact on the environment and surrounding communities.

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