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TAG Farnborough Airport recognised for further reduction in carbon emissions

24th September 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

FARNBOROUGH – 10 September 2013 – TAG Farnborough Airport has been awarded Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Optimisation’ level, recognising a reduction in carbon emissions under the airport’s direct control, between 1 January and 31 December 2012, and the inclusion of third party and local aircraft emissions within the overall footprint. Miles Thomas, Environment Manager of TAG Farnborough Airport, was presented with the accreditation certificate by Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, at the head office of the programme administrator WSP Environment & Energy in central London today.

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

“This accreditation reflects the progress that we and our partners have made in reducing the carbon footprint of the airport through the efficient use of energy,” said Miles Thomas. “We are one of only three airports in the UK to reach this milestone and are on target to achieve our goal of Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Neutrality’ level by 2019.”

To achieve ‘Optimisation’, the airport was required to engage with third parties, including based tenants and key service providers to reduce wider airport-based carbon emissions by raising awareness and encouraging low carbon practices.

Initiatives have included enhanced energy monitoring and reporting, installation of low energy hangar lighting systems and a sustainable travel plan, which was submitted to the Hampshire County Council in 2012 and encourages staff members to adopt more carbon efficient commuting practices such as cycling, the use of public transport and car sharing.

Since 2009, when the airport published its Sustainability Charter outlining its carbon reduction strategy, it has implemented a range of other measures including the introduction of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, improvements to heating and lighting controls, and the use of voltage optimisation technology.

Olivier Jankovec said: “TAG Farnborough Airport is an excellent example of an airport advancing towards carbon neutrality by proactively reducing its carbon emissions and engaging others to do likewise. It illustrates how far they have come and the extent of their drive to be the best they can be, as they continue to ascend the four levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation, towards their ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.”