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Latest articles relating to the environment and sustainability taking place in the aviation industry including CO2 reduction and reducing carbon footprint.
Heathrow works with British Airways and partners to demonstrate how aviation is moving towards the “Perfect Flight”
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Heathrow works with British Airways and partners to demonstrate how aviation is moving towards the “Perfect Flight” Heathrow teams up with British Airways, Airbus, bp, Glasgow Airport and NATS to demonstrate how the aviation industry can make net zero flying a reality The flight from London to Glasgow replicated a journey made 11 years ago to show how new technology and more efficient operations are helping to decarbonise aviation The 2021 demonstrator flight reduced CO2 emissions by 62% compared to the original Perfect Flight more than a decade ago Britain's aviation industry has come...
Heathrow presses world leaders to agree global sustainable fuels mandate at G7
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Heathrow presses world leaders to agree global sustainable fuels mandate at G7 The leaders of the world’s largest economies have been urged to reduce aviation emissions by collectively committing to mandates for the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In a G7 session hosted in Cornwall on Friday by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye pressed the leaders of the G7 to agree in its summit communique escalating mandates for 10% SAF by 2030, growing to at least 50% by 2050, as well as the kinds of price incentive mechanisms that have been used to...
Sustainable aviation fuel to partly power Heathrow jets as airport moves to reduce emissions
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Sustainable aviation fuel to partly power Heathrow jets as airport moves to reduce emissions Working with Vitol Aviation and Neste, Heathrow has become the first UK major airport to successfully integrate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its fuel distribution Ahead of the G7 Summit, the fuel will be blended into the UK’s hub airport’s main fuel supply from 3 June The supply, equivalent for fuel needed to power between 5-10 short haul flights, aims to serve as proof of concept to enable much greater use of SAF going forward Heathrow has successfully incorporated sustainable...
Sydney Airport commits to net zero by 2030
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Sydney Airport commits to net zero by 2030 Commitment includes all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions Biggest contributor to net zero target is switch to 100% renewable energy Climate strategy includes a focus on facilitating sustainable aviation fuels Sydney Airport has today announced it will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and outlined the practical initiatives and actions that will ensure it meets this commitment. Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said: “The aviation industry has a critical role to play in combatting climate change, and we are making this commitment with clear...
Rolls-Royce reaches new milestone as world’s largest aero-engine build start
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Rolls-Royce reaches new milestone as world’s largest aero-engine build start An artist’s impression of the UltraFan demonstrator Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest aero-engine, UltraFan®, which will help redefine sustainable air travel for decades to come. Work on the first module is underway at our dedicated DemoWorks facility in Derby, UK, and the demonstrator engine, which has a fan diameter of 140 inches, will be completed by the end of the year. The engine is the basis for a potential new family of UltraFan engines able to power both narrowbody and...

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First in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet
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Aviation leaders launch first in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet A350 MSN01 Takes Off From TLS With 100% SAF On Board 100% Sustainable fuel tests on A350MSN1 FlightLab Toulouse, 18 March 2021 – A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. Airbus, German research centre DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering ‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels’ (ECLIF3)...
Heathrow launches blueprint for zero carbon domestic flight in drive to build back better
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Heathrow launches blueprint for zero carbon domestic flight in drive to build back better Heathrow has successfully pitched two carbon-cutting concepts to Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge The forward-thinking concepts could support efforts to level up and build back better, in the year the UK hosts the COP26 climate change conference Challenge aims to safeguard the UK’s advantage in aerospace R&D, reduce costs, cut emissions and create an economic boost from new forms of mobility Heathrow will work with cross-sector consortium to understand how to bring these concepts to life...
Replacement Terminal Approved For Leeds Bradford
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Replacement BREEAM Standard Terminal Approved For Leeds Bradford After 9 hours of deliberations and more than 100 pages of planning details later, Leeds City Council's Plans Panel committee members have this evening voted 9 to 5 in favour to approve “with considerations" Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building. We at the LBA Support Group are pleased to see a common sense outcome that support 100's of construction jobs at a time when they are needed the most. This project will create a better gateway to the Leeds City region and the whole of Yorkshire. The Investment...
Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel
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Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in a business jet engine, as part of our ongoing ambition to play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which we operate reach net zero carbon by 2050. The tests on our latest business aviation engine in development, the Pearl 700, in Dahlewitz, Germany, come just weeks after unblended SAF was successfully used for the first time in engine ground tests on a Trent 1000 engine in Derby, UK. This test demonstrates once again that...
Lighting Upgrades at Malta International Airport Expected to Lead to Significant Drops in Energy Consumption
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Lighting Upgrades at Malta International Airport Expected to Lead to Significant Drops in Energy Consumption Two planned power outages at Malta International Airport have allowed the company to modernise its electrical infrastructure as part of an investment in a more robust energy supply. In parallel with works aimed at enhancing supply security, the company has also successfully completed major lighting upgrades, which will contribute to a significant reduction in energy consumption and lowered CO2 emissions. While several locations around Malta International Airport, including the...

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Manchester Airport eyes zero-emission aircraft in the next decade with new challenge to the aviation industry
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Manchester Airport eyes zero-emission aircraft in the next decade with new challenge to the aviation industry Next-generation, zero-emission planes could be operating out of Manchester Airport within the next 10 – 15 years part of a series of ambitious commitments announced today. MAG, the Northern gateway’s parent company and the UK’s largest airport group, has fired the starting pistol on a competition for the first airline to operate a zero-emission commercial flight from one of its airports. This is the first challenge of its kind in the industry, which will see the successful...
Melbourne Airport’s Sustainable Solar Approach
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Melbourne Airport’s Sustainable Solar Approach A new solar farm at Melbourne Airport will have the capability to produce enough renewable energy to power all four passenger terminals when it is turned on in January 2021. The project is the largest of its kind in Australia. Melbourne Airport is set to generate 17 GW hours of electricity per annum, equal to nearly 15 per cent of the airport’s annual electricity consumption. Melbourne Airport Chief of Landside Access, Utilities and Facilities Group, Lorie Argus, said she was proud of the investment in renewable energy which will reduce...
Next generation A320neos deliver cleaner and quieter flight at Heathrow
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Next generation A320neos deliver cleaner and quieter flight at Heathrow SAS takes the top spot for the third consecutive quarter, as the airline invests in greener and quieter A320neos and optimises their operational performance Heathrow is one of the world’s first major aviation hubs to become carbon neutral, for its infrastructure, and the first to target zero carbon by the mid-2030s. Today the airport unveils an eight point plan to achieve this and tackle emissions from aircraft Since the launch of ‘Fly Quiet and Green’ league table in 2014, Heathrow’s emissions standard has improved...
Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability
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Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability Rolls-Royce has started manufacture of the world’s largest fan blades, for its UltraFan® demonstrator engine that will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability. As a set the composite blades have a 140-inch diameter, which is almost the size of a current narrowbody fuselage, and are being made at the company’s technology hub in Bristol, U.K. The milestone also marks the official start of production of parts for the demonstrator. UltraFan will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability, offering a 25 per...
CO2 blow for the environment as millions forced to drive to London airports
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Bristol Airport's reaction to North Somerset Council's Planning & Regulatory Committee decision We are disappointed by the decision of North Somerset Council’s Planning & Regulatory Committee to recommend refusal of our planning application to increase Bristol Airport’s capacity from 10 to 12 million passengers a year, contrary to the recommendation of the Council’s own planning officers. This decision risks putting the brakes on the region’s economy by turning away airlines who want to serve the South West market, shutting the door to international trade and tourism at a time when the...

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Aviation Minister Officially Marks The Start Of Birmingham Airport's £30m Departure Lounge Extension
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Aviation \minister Officially Marks The Start Of Birmingham Airport's £30m Departure Lounge Extension The start of construction on Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge extension was officially marked by Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard MP, today (23rd Jan) Joined by airport CEO, Nick Barton, and newly elected MP for Meriden, Saqib Bhatti, the Aviation Minister helped to break the ground where Birmingham Airport’s biggest terminal investment in ten years gets underway. The project will provide a modern two-story extension with outdoor terrace area, growing the space by 45 per cent...
LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building
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LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dra- matically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport build- ings, and support greater economic prosperity for the Leeds City Region, Yorkshire and the North. These new plans, to be submitted in spring 2020, replace the recently consented scheme and the existing terminal building, with a more efficient and sustainable development. The plans propose the construction of a...
Bristol Airport becomes first airport in Europe to offset all road journeys
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Bristol Airport becomes first airport in Europe to offset all road journeys The carbon offsetting scheme came into effect on 1 January and forms part of the Airport’s Carbon Roadmap which was published last year. Offsets will be purchased retrospectively based on an annual passenger survey showing the different modes of travel used by passengers. The Environmental Effects Working Group of the Airport’s Consultative Committee – on which local communities and Airport users are represented – will play a role in selecting suitable offsetting schemes, with a focus on local projects where...
Cardiff Airport introduces electric vehicle charging
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Cardiff Airport introduces electric vehicle charging Cardiff Airport has introduced a number of electric vehicle charge points across its sites, as part of its long term vision to deliver a sustainable airport business for Wales. Working in partnership with electric vehicle charging experts Franklin Energy, in total nine chargers will be installed across the staff car park, Meet & Greet and the Short Stay car park. Installation is complete within the staff car park and Meet & Greet, with the final phase due to begin in early 2020. Mark Bailey, Director of Airport Planning and...
London Stansted scoops top environmental award for second year running
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London Stansted scoops top environmental award for second year running London Stansted’s first ever Biodiversity Week in March this year, which saw the airport hand out 3,000 silver birch trees to staff, has won gold at the prestigious Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice. It’s the second year running the airport has picked up the top prize at the awards after winning gold in 2018 for its ongoing support of local foodbanks in Uttlesford, Essex and East Hertfordshire. Stansted’s Environment Manager Martin Churley collected the honour at a special event held at the Houses of...

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Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young and Engaged’ summit to promote environmental awareness
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Two hundred pupils attend ‘Eco, Young and Engaged’ summit to promote environmental awareness Eight schools from Sussex attend Gatwick sponsored conference at Ifield Community College Gatwick’s Head of Sustainability talked about sustainability and its importance for protecting the environment Students learned how to harness wind and the sun to generate electricity as well as how to upcycle everyday items including milk bottles The Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young, and Engaged’ (EYE) conference saw eight local schools and 200 pupils from Crawley and Horsham attend Ifield Community College on...
SAS best in class for noise and emissions performance at Heathrow
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SAS best in class for noise and emissions performance at Heathrow Heathrow reveals the airport’s latest Fly Quiet and Green league table showing airlines are swapping in newer jets and improving how they fly to decrease noise and emissions SAS named best airline based on their performance this quarter – assisted by the introduction of A320neos, better track-keeping and continuous descent approaches Oman Air improves score from last quarter landing second place thanks to the introduction of 787 Dreamliners that use 25% less fuel per passenger compared with aircraft of a similar size and...
Birmingham Airport publishes sustainability strategy
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BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT PUBLISHES SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY Birmingham Airport Publishes Sustainability Strategy Birmingham Airport has published its Sustainability Strategy outlining recent achievements and future aims to ensure it remains a responsible neighbour and reduces its environmental impact. The Strategy has been developed around the theme of Commitment, Investment and Progress and outlines the airport’s vision to maximise the economic and social benefits it brings to its region and minimise its impact on its neighbours and the global environment. The main headline in the publication...
Solar PV Farm to be installed at Cardiff Airport
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Solar PV Farm to be installed at Cardiff Airport A joint agreement with Cardiff Airport and a local renewable energy developer will see the installation of a brand new Solar PV Farm on the airport site in the near future. The construction of the 2MW solar site is set to be completed within the next 18 months by Bridgend based company Cenin Renewables, who have successfully delivered notable renewable energy projects across key sites in South Wales. The Solar PV Farm at Cardiff Airport will sit within the boundary of the site and will supply the business with electricity via a private...
Birmingham Airport Commits to Net Zero Carbon Target 2033
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Birmingham Airport Commits to Net Zero Carbon Target 2033 Birmingham Airport has today 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...

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Cardiff Airport unveils its Environmental Flight Path
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Cardiff Airport unveils its Environmental Flight Path The national airport for Wales has unveiled a timeline of immediate and short term environmental goals. These milestones will be delivered in line with the organisation’s vision to become a ‘Carbon neutral Airport’ and is a key consideration for the Airport’s Masterplan development over the next two decades. Environmental responsibility is a priority for Cardiff Airport, with a number of achievements already having been delivered. Our current position: A reduction of 53% in our carbon emissions over eight years Natural Gas consumption...
Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity
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Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity In a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, Bristol Airport has switched to a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply. The announcement follows the recent publication of a carbon roadmap setting out how the Airport will become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control. The new three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier, Ørsted, will see the Airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh powered entirely by renewable sources. Electricity is the largest contributor to...
New EV charging zone for Bristol Airport
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Bristol Airport gives drivers more spark with new EV charging zone Bristol Airport has switched on the power for electric vehicle (EV) drivers with the installation of a ten-bay charging zone, along with the capability to extend in the future. The chargepoints are located in the airport’s new multi-storey car park. The installations are the first in a programme of upgrades across various airport locations, which will be designed to meet the needs of customers, staff and visitors. They are also a key part of Bristol Airport’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2025, and net-zero by 2050...
Reduced environmental impact and strong community programmes underpin Gatwick’s sustainable growth
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Reduced environmental impact and strong community programmes underpin Gatwick’s sustainable growth Recycling and reuse hits 64% with all empty coffee cups and plastics recycled and zero waste sent to landfill Gatwick spent £128 million with local suppliers, sponsored 52 community events and funded 162 other local causes 7% reduction in airport’s noise footprint in 2018 compared to previous year The ‘Decade of Change’ tracks Gatwick’s progress on a series of sustainability goals and the report for 2018 - published today - shows that the airport has reduced its environmental footprint and...
Gatwick noise footprint shrinks by 7% in 2018
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Gatwick noise footprint shrinks by 7% in 2018 Gatwick welcomes reduction but recognises that more must be done to reduce noise further New aircraft are up to 50% quieter than the aircraft they replace and are set to become the new ‘workhorses’ of Gatwick’s fleet This 7% noise footprint reduction builds on a 4% fall in 2017 (54dBA Leq) Improved operational procedures - including smoother descents that reduce drag and use less power - the phasing out of the noisiest aircraft and the introduction of new, quieter aircraft reduced the size of Gatwick’s noise footprint (54dBA Leq) by 7% in...

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