Airport switches to renewable energy

Thu 9 January 2020, 3:28 pm

Bristol Airport has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply to attempt to reduce its carbon footprint.

The announcement in September came after the publication of a carbon roadmap, setting out how the airport intends to become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control.

The new three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier, Ørsted, will mean the airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh will be powered entirely by renewable sources.

Electricity is the largest contributor to carbon emissions from on-site airport operations. Over the duration of the contract an estimated 14,000 tonnes of carbon will be saved across the site as a result of the move to renewables.

Simon Earles, the airport’s planning and sustainability director, said it was a “significant step on our journey to carbon neutrality” and added: “There is more to do, but this is a clear statement of our intent to reduce our direct emissions.”

Ashley Phillips, managing director at Ørsted Sales (UK), said: “It’s exciting that an international airport like Bristol is placing such strong emphasis on sustainability.

“At Ørsted, we want to drive the transition to low-carbon energy systems in the UK, and support organisations like Bristol Airport that share this ambition of creating a greener energy future.”