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Bristol Airport achieves carbon accreditation standard

Created: 19th Jun 2015

Bristol Airport has been awarded Airport Carbon Accreditation under the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe scheme, recognising efforts to map the carbon output of the business and commitment to reducing its impact.

Solar Panels

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent, voluntary programme which certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality). It is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and has already won praise from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nation Environment Panel (UNEP) and the European Union (EU).

Bristol Airport becomes the 127th airport in the world, and the 23rd in Europe, to achieve accreditation, and has joined the scheme at Mapping level, having measured energy use over the last nine years and committed to a Carbon Management Plan to reduce carbon emissions across the 176 hectare site. Accreditation takes the Airport’s carbon management to the next stage by incorporating a wider range of carbon emitting sources, such as fleet vehicles and air conditioning units.

In the last few weeks solar photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the new east terminal extension. The panels will provide 35,028 Kwh of electricity per year, enough to make over 1.4 million cups of tea for thirsty passengers! The new structure will also utilise air source heat pumps as an efficient, low carbon solution to heating the terminal.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said:
“We are proud to have been recognised for our work in this area, and it is fitting that this has been achieved during Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. Reducing carbon emissions is essential to a sustainable future for aviation, and airports can play their part by taking control of energy use on the ground.”