Birmingham Airport starts journey to become carbon neutral - The Solihull Observer

Birmingham Airport starts journey to become carbon neutral

Solihull Editorial 6th Jan, 2023   0

BIRMINGHAM Airport says it is more than a third of its way to becoming a net-zero-carbon operation.

In April the company published its carbon roadmap setting out its plan to become a net-zero-carbon airport by 2033.

The Airport says it was 37 per cent of the way to achieving this goal in December according to data it had seen.

It had done this by reducing on-site gas and electricity consumption, moving to greener energy sources and replacing traditional lights with low-energy LEDs

Birmingham Airport say the list of next steps include moving high-mast lighting to LEDs, investment in solar power, smart metering and beginning to transition from gas to electric heating.

Tom Denton, head of sustainability for Birmingham Airport, said: “We are pleased with our progress so far but by no means complacent.

“Back in April when we first publicly committed to our aim of hitting net zero by 2033, we said the first two thirds of this journey would be relatively straightforward.

“The final third is where the real challenge lies. We want to do this the right way. We want achieve net zero by implementing low-carbon alternatives with minimal use of offsetting.

“It’s likely we’ll need to use technology not yet invented to make it to our goal. Failure is not an option when it comes to protecting the future of our planet.”

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