TAG Farnborough Airport’s Solar Schools Carbon Offsetting Programme Shines Bright
1st March 2019 by TAG Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport is underscoring its ongoing commitment to sustainable development and carbon footprint reduction by supporting an exciting programme focused on solar energy. In conjunction with Carbon Footprint Ltd, the airport is off-setting 2018 residual carbon emissions (over which it has direct control) through the support of renewable energy projects, both locally with the donation of a 10kW Solar Array system to Newlands Primary School in Yateley, Hampshire and also overseas through the support of a large-scale solar farm project in India, bringing green energy, education and employment opportunities between the two projects.
In 2018, TAG Farnborough Airport became the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve carbon neutrality and since then has continued to make further substantial reductions in its carbon footprint with a confirmed offset totalling 1,605 tonnes of carbon emissions for the last year. Over the past five years alone, TAG Farnborough Airport has invested over £1 million into energy efficiency projects and during the past decade has reduced carbon emissions, over which it has direct control, by 3,819 tonnes or 73 per cent (2008 carbon emissions: 5,242 tonnes).
In cooperation with Carbon Footprint Ltd, TAG Farnborough Airport has offset residual emissions through credible and certified offsetting projects, which in recent years have included school tree planting in the local area paired with a conservation project in the Amazon rainforest (Florestal Santa Maria Project), protecting trees in one of the most biodiverse places in the world. This important work is continuing in 2019 with TAG Farnborough Airport donating a 10kW Solar Power system to Newlands Primary School, located close to the airport in Yateley, Hampshire. As well as providing much needed renewable energy, the new solar system will allow the school to reduce its electricity costs by about £1,300 each year and at the same time provide the children with a unique learning opportunity in the field of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).
At the same time, TAG Farnborough Airport is also supporting an overseas solar power project in rural India. The project has provided employment in a developing region, helping to both decarbonise the national grid and reduce power outage.
At a special commemorative event at Newlands School this week to celebrate the ‘switching on’ of the new solar power system, Miles Thomas, Environment Manager, TAG Farnborough Airport, commented, “The solar schools project will provide a lasting benefit to Newlands Primary School, supplying a carbon free source of electricity for many years to come while creating an avenue for discovery and learning amongst pupils in the field of science and technology.”
“TAG Farnborough Airport is committed to developing its business in a responsible and sustainable way, supporting our local community economically, socially and environmentally. Our voluntary participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provides the opportunity to achieve this through projects that are not only designed to meet our carbon footprint offsetting requirements, but also provide direct benefit to our local community.”
Dr Wendy Buckley, Client Director at Carbon Footprint Ltd, said, “It is fantastic to see TAG Farnborough Airport continue to support community projects, both on a local and international basis. It is highly appropriate that having already introduced new technology – including solar power – at their own site, the airport is now supporting the introduction of the latest solar technology with these local and overseas projects.”
William Neighbour, Headteacher at Newlands Primary School said, “We are really grateful to TAG Farnborough Airport for their donation of the solar panels. The children at Newlands are very conscience of their impact on the environment and push us adults to ensure we are delivering a sustainable planet for them to inherit. The solar panels have allowed us to focus more of our school curriculum on renewable energies and the environment, empowering the children to have a greater understanding of how they can improve their environment. TAG Farnborough Airport’s significant investment in solar technology has the additional benefit of saving the school thousands of pounds.”
TAG Farnborough Airport launches Flying Scholarship 2019
7th February 2019 by TAG Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has launched the TAG Flying Scholarship 2019. Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). The TAG Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme. Now in its 12th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation.
Over the past decade, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot. Last year’s scholarship recipient, 17-year-old Réshé Harrison, was able to pursue his dream of becoming a fully qualified pilot having overcome the enormous challenge of battling leukaemia as a child. Réshé completed his flight training at Redhill Aviation Flight Centre and successfully gained his PPL in October 2018. Réshé commented: “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with such a fantastic and unique opportunity. The support of the Flying Scholarship has provided me with that vital stepping stone to go on to university to study Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot License and has ultimately given me the chance to make my dreams a reality.”
Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “We are keen to encourage young people to not only become involved in the world of aviation but also reach their full potential and are extremely proud to support this initiative through our community engagement.”
Further information is available on The Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ website:
Candidates must be at least 17 years old on 1st June 2019.
Press Brunch & Briefing – Thursday 17th January 2019
17th January 2019 by TAG Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport announces a record year for air traffic movements
FARNBOROUGH, 17 January 2019 – TAG Farnborough Airport has today announced a record year for air traffic movements by reporting the highest ever number of total annual movements in 2018, surpassing the previous record from 2007 by 8.2 per cent.
For the full year 2018, TAG Farnborough Airport saw a year-on-year increase in air traffic movements of 13.8 per cent, with initial forecasts indicating this positive trend is set to continue in 2019.
TAG Farnborough Airport serves customers from around the world and in 2018 noted substantial growth in air traffic movements to and from the U.S., with an increase of 22.5 per cent year-on-year, as well as Europe, up by 15.5 per cent.
“TAG Farnborough airport’s improved performance last year is a tribute to the dedication of all our employees and represents a clear vote of confidence from the business aviation sector. It underlines the success of TAG Farnborough Airport’s philosophy – to consistently offer a five-star service of the highest standard with no compromises – and our position as Europe’s leading business airport,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport.
“2018 was an important year of milestones for TAG Farnborough Airport. We were delighted to be selected by Gulfstream as the location for a state of the art, purpose-built maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and to be awarded carbon neutral status, the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve this.”
TAG Farnborough Airport currently handles more than 30,000 flights per annum, with approval to increase this number to 50,000 and is equipped to cater for a wide range of aircraft types including Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets. As the only dedicated business aviation airport in the UK, it is specifically designed to offer a one-stop shop for business aviation customers, and with 240,000 sq ft of heated hangar facilities and 1.2m sq ft of ramp space can accommodate both based and transient aircraft.