Bournemouth Airport reinforces commitment to sustainability

Bournemouth Airport has today revealed that it is on track to achieve its carbon neutral operations target by 2012, as its parent company, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), launches its first annual sustainability report.

The report, entitled connecting today and tomorrow, details the Group’s commitment to responsible and sustainable growth by outlining the progress it has made in mitigating its impact on the environment and its neighbours, as well as clearly demonstrating the social and economic benefits that the airport brings to the region it serves.

The Manchester Airports Group contributes 3.5 billion to the UK economy annually and provides direct employment for around 26,000 people with a further 50,000 jobs created to support the business. Available on the Group’s website, the report demonstrates the importance MAG places on growing a sustainable business for the future.

Bournemouth Airport’s reduction in emissions also contributes to the wider aviation industry’s own stringent targets. The aviation industry, as a whole, contributes 2-3% to global emissions and 6% towards UK emissions and is the only sector to have set its own targets to reduce climate change, with a commitment to carbon neutral growth from 2020.

The airport, along with the other airports in the Group, was the first airport to commit to all its operations being carbon neutral by 2012 and has led the way for many years by implementing innovative projects.

Penny Coates, Group Board Director responsible for Sustainability said: “We are proud to be launching our first sustainability report and to be setting out some of our achievements to date. We have a strong track record in innovative environmental performance and in supporting the local communities around our airports. We know how critical our airports are to the economic and social development of the regions and the people that they serve, but we must balance the benefits against the need to minimise the effects that our operations have.”

Highlights from the report include:

  • The airport has incorporated environmentally friendly and carbon reducing techniques into all new buildings, since 2006; including the newly opened terminal building, which incorporates a bio-diesel boiler to provide heating, resulting in annual savings of 546 tonnes of CO2. Planning permission for a new Arrivals building, due to open in summer 2011, has also recently been received, which is thought to be the first airport building of its type in the UK and will produce 70% fewer emissions than the conventional design. The design takes advantage of the building’s orientation to make maximum possible use of solar gain, solar shading, daylight and natural ventilation. These measures will reduce the need for mechanical and electrical installations which, in turn, will reduce the building’s energy requirements. During the redevelopment work, special measures were taken to prevent harm to protected plant and animal species that inhabit the adjoining ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Bournemouth Airport has contributed 8,200 to the local communities in grants to local community groups.
  • Preserving the heathland around Bournemouth Airport’s site is a priority for the business, as it is sensitive to emissions. While the airports contribution to emission is low, it works hard to reduce the effect, by measures such as vehicle emissions testing and assessing the impact of new building work on air quality.
  • The airport promotes environmentally sound choices amongst customers, by encouraging passengers to offset their journey on the airport’s website and by ensuring good transport links to and from the surrounding areas.

The full MAG Sustainability Report is available to download from sr2009

Published on: 21/07/2010 16:11:23

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