Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity

Bernie Baldwin

As it strives to reduce its carbon footprint, Bristol Airport has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply. A 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.

The announcement follows the publication of a carbon roadmap setting out how Bristol Airport will become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control.

Electricity is the largest contributor to carbon emissions from on-site operations. As well as electricity used in the terminal and other buildings, a growing number of aircraft stands are equipped with Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP), reducing the need to use diesel-powered engines for preflight services. Over the duration of the contract “an estimated 14,000 tonnes of carbon will be saved across the airport site – equivalent to the emissions from  driving 34 million miles in an average car”, the airport states.

Bristol Airport’s carbon roadmap also commits to offsetting passenger road journeys and explains how flights will tackled through the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – the ICAO  agreement aimed at stabilising emissions at 2020 levels.

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