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Two UK Airports Go Carbon Netural

Two airports in the UK recently completed their first full year of carbon neutral operations, according to the latest Corporate Social Responsibility report published today by Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns both airports.

The airports, in East Midlands and Bournemouth, have implemented a series of carbon reduction programmes since making the commitment to go “carbon neutral” six years ago.

“Today’s announcement is the strongest possible proof that as a Group, we have gone farther than any other airports in the UK and we’re looking forward to sharing our experience across the industry to reduce carbon emissions,” said Neil Robinson, corporate affairs director at MAG.

“As part of the UK’s largest airport operator, we are able to contribute to the targets set by Government and we will continue to work closely with our industry partners and airlines to make a further positive contribution.”

East Midlands added two onsite wind turbines that provide five percent of the site’s electricity, and they constructed the UK’s first hotel to achieve the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ green rating.

Over at Bournemouth, a designated “low carbon” arrivals building was built as part of a £45m new terminal development.

Last year the two airports lowered their carbon emissions by a whopping 7,171 tonnes, which means that they are now in their first full year of carbon neutral operations.

The report also outlined the fact that Manchester Airport, the other airport operated by MAG, continues to remain on course to achieve it’s own carbon neutral target by 2015, this after investing £2m over the last financial year on a range of initiatives that are expected to cut emissions by 12,500 tonnes per year.

Source: BusinessGreen
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