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BIRMINGHAM - Birmingham Airport has announced its commitment to become a net zero carbon airport by the year 2033, prioritising zero carbon airport operations and minimising carbon offsets.

Recognising that climate change is happening, the airport feels it needs to set an ambitious target ahead of the UK’s target of 2050, to reduce its carbon footprint further, quicker.

The Midlands airport has already cut its carbon emissions since 2013 by 33 per cent, and emissions per passenger by over 50 per cent, despite growing passenger numbers by 40 per cent.

The airport believes its biggest opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint is via "on-site renewable energy generation" but says it doesn’t have all the answers yet.

Technology is changing at some pace and the movement to a net-zero economy itself is driving innovation across the energy and transportation industry, and we are going to take advantage of this.

"Over the next six to twelve months we will be working to revise our existing carbon management plan and develop a roadmap," said airport chief executive Nick Barton. "This will allow us to set and prioritise genuine carbon reduction objectives rather than carbon off-setting schemes, as we see this as the least favourable option."

The Airport acknowledges that there are "wider concerns about emissions from flights", which airports are an enabler of. The aviation industry already recognises that this is its biggest challenge and the UK aerospace and aviation industries have already invested £22bn in green technology since 2005. This has helped to reduce the carbon emissions from UK aviation even as demand has grown 28 per cent.
© | 12/11/2019 08:56

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