UK-based AGS Airports has pledged to attain net-zero for its direct emissions by the mid-2030s as part of its new sustainability strategy.

Last year, all three AGS-owned airports, namely Aberdeen International (ABZ), Glasgow (GLA) and Southampton (SOU) airports, reached carbon neutrality status.

The new plan underlines how the company will balance the social and economic benefits of aviation while fulfilling its climate change obligations.

It is in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and includes the decarbonisation of AGS’ infrastructure.

Under its plan, the company has committed to maintaining carbon neutrality as it works towards its net-zero target by the mid-2030s.

AGS Airports will facilitate the development of sustainable aviation’s decarbonisation objective, such as promoting the usage of sustainable aviation fuels, electric flight and hydrogen.

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The company will continue to introduce electric charging infrastructure and transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.

In addition, it will collaborate with partners, including the National Health Service (NHS), to test the UK’s first medical drone distribution network.

In a statement, AGS Airports said: “AGS will align policies and processes with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. AGS will work with the Slave-Free Alliance to review its approach to modern slavery and develop and publish an action plan, in addition to establishing a supplier code of conduct.”

AGS Airports CEO Derek Provan said: “As we seek to regrow and restore the connectivity that will help drive Scotland’s and the UK’s recovery post-Covid, we will balance the undoubted social and economic benefits of aviation with our climate change responsibilities.

“In November, the world will look to Glasgow when we host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26. This will be the opportunity for governments to agree on a global response to what is a truly global challenge.”

In March, AGS Airports partnered with ICTS UK & Ireland and TAC Healthcare Group to introduce new rapid Covid-19 testing centres at Aberdeen International and Glasgow airports.