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East Midlands Airport's Carbon Partner Scheme Steps Up A Gear

Published: 23rd February 2012 21:35

East Midlands AirportEast Midlands Airport has recently implemented phase two of their carbon partner scheme, aimed at enabling on site partners to adopt low carbon vehicles and providing partners with a way to offset carbon emissions from their airside vehicle operations.

Phase one of the scheme was first launched to on-site partners, who operate vehicles airside, in 2010, to complement the airport's commitment of ground operations becoming carbon neutral by 2012. The scheme has allowed these companies to work with the airport to implement long term, low carbon vehicle options, through a welcomed eco-fund and offsets for any remaining emissions from ground vehicles.

Neil Robinson, Director of Sustainability East Midlands Airport said:

"It's incredibly important to us to work with all partner companies based on site to share best practice and encourage innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions. Whilst, we are on track to hit our carbon neutral target in 2012, we think it is paramount to help other companies to be greener. The carbon partner scheme has been especially successful and all companies involved are pleased with the output of the scheme."

Long standing partner of the airport, bmibaby was the first company in the scheme to invest in green vehicles, with the introduction of an electric vehicle. To support this low carbon choice, the airport, Leicestershire County Council and the Midlands Plugged in Places scheme, supported by Cenex, the UK's first Centre for Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies, have worked together to introduce four POD Point electric vehicle charging points in an airside location close to the airport's apron.

Erik Fairbairn, CEO of POD Point Ltd said:

"We are delighted that POD Point EV charging points will be part of a successful ground operations carbon reduction programme. Providing the infrastructure for electric vehicles shows a clear, long-term commitment to lowering carbon emissions, and it has been a particular pleasure to see an airport going down this route in addition to purchasing offsets."

More recently, the airport has teamed up with Carbon Footprint Ltd, to implement phase two of the scheme, where carbon emissions from vehicles operating on the airport's aprons are offset through an environment project in Turkey. The project was specifically chosen by the airport and on site partners involved in the scheme, as it provides both social and environmental benefits. The Keban Project is a small scale hydropower project with a total installed capacity of 5 MW; consisting of one turbine with an estimated net power supply to the grid of 31,686 MWh per annum and an annual emission reduction of 19,510 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. This unusual project, certified to the Verified Carbon Standard, also provides remarkable social benefits, as the reservoir provides a home to a local sustainable trout fishery, which in turn supplies a fish restaurant, situated on the banks of the reservoir.

Neil Robinson continued:

"We are very excited to be supporting such a worthwhile project in one of our most popular holiday destinations and are pleased to see that the project has all round sustainable benefits for members of the local community."

John Buckley, Managing Director of Carbon Footprint Ltd said:

"East Midlands Airport has offset their ground vehicle emissions using a high quality project. Whereas, perhaps in the past some other businesses may have ‘just purchased carbon offsets', EMA has put in place a programme of carbon reduction initiatives and made firm commitments to continue reducing carbon emissions. Within the airport sector, these actions mark East Midlands Airport out as sustainability leaders."

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