The UK’s Birmingham Airport is committed to reaching a net zero carbon emissions target by 2033, placing more focus on zero-carbon airport operations and reducing carbon offsets.

The airport claimed that it has already reduced carbon emissions by 33% since 2013, with passenger emissions reduced by 50% despite a 40% surge in numbers.

The Midlands airport stated that one of the methods to achieve this net zero carbon target is through onsite production of renewable energy.

Birmingham Airport CEO Nick Barton stated: “Technology is changing at some pace and the movement to a net-zero economy itself is driving innovation across the energy and transportation industry, and we are going to take advantage of this.

“Over the next six to 12 months, we will be working to revise our existing carbon management plan and develop a roadmap. This will allow us to set and prioritise genuine carbon reduction objectives rather than carbon off-setting schemes, as we see this as the least favourable option.

“We don’t have all the answers about how we will hit this target but we are confident that through innovation and collaboratively working with industry, government, manufacturers, on-site partners and employees, we can reach our target by 2033.”

The airport is currently partnered with Sustainable Aviation to achieve the goal of ‘cleaner, quieter and smarter aviation’.

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Later this month, Birmingham Airport plans to release its updated Sustainability Strategy and carbon roadmap.

The Sustainability Strategy will detail the airport’s vision to reduce its major impact on the environment and community, including factors relating to noise, carbon and water.

In September, Cardiff Airport also unveiled its plan to become a carbon neutral airport by 2040.

Cardiff Airport aimed to ensure its entire power supply is sourced from renewable and clean energy by October.

The Welsh hub will also be introducing electric car charging points across its car parks and renewing its recycling operations by November this year.