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TAG Farnborough Airport recognised for reduction in carbon emissions

23rd July 2012 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport has been awarded Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Reduction’ level for the second consecutive year, reflecting a cut in carbon emissions under the airport’s direct control, between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011.

Airport Carbon Accreditation, launched by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in June 2009, assesses and recognises efforts to manage and reduce carbon emissions from airport operations.  The ‘Reduction’ level awarded to TAG Farnborough Airport for 2012/2013 is one of four levels of accreditation – ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Neutrality’ – which measure the step-by-step process towards comprehensive carbon management and carbon neutrality.

“We are pleased to achieve a continued reduction in our carbon footprint and are on target to achieve our goal of Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Neutrality’ level by 2019,” said Miles Thomas, Environment Manager at TAG Farnborough Airport.  “We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the airport through further investment in energy efficient technology as well as working with staff across the site on the thoughtful use of energy.”

In 2008, an energy survey was carried out at TAG Farnborough Airport in conjunction with the Carbon Trust to establish ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce associated CO2 emissions.  In 2009, the airport published its ‘Sustainability Charter’ outlining its carbon reduction strategy and achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Mapping’ level later that same year.

As part of the airport’s carbon reduction strategy, a range of initiatives have been implemented including: smart metering with remote monitoring of gas and electricity; automatic sensing and replacement lighting (using passive infrared (PIR) and light-emitting diode (LED) technology); the use of photovoltaic cells under the government Feed-In Tariff scheme; and, most recently the use of voltage optimisation technology.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe said: “It’s great to see an airport like TAG Farnborough working so hard to reduce its own CO2 emissions. They are an excellent example of how seriously environmental efficiency is being taken by airports of all sizes here in Europe.  I congratulate TAG Farnborough on becoming Airport Carbon Accredited at the ‘Reduction’ level of the programme for the second year in a row and we look forward to following their progress in the next stages of their ambitious, proactive environmental strategy.”