Bristol Airport switches to renewable electricity to reduce carbon footprint

11 September 2019 (Last Updated September 11th, 2019 12:59)

Bristol Airport in the UK has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

Bristol Airport switches to renewable electricity to reduce carbon footprint
Aerial view of Bristol Airport in the UK. Credit: © Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport in the UK has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

The latest announcement follows the airport’s recent publication of a carbon roadmap that outlined how it could become carbon neutral by 2025.

As part of a three-year agreement signed with Denmark-based renewable energy supplier Ørsted, Bristol Airport will annually use 17 million kWh of electricity powered entirely by renewable sources.

A number of aircraft stands are additionally being equipped with fixed electrical ground power (FEGP), decreasing the need to use diesel-powered engines for pre-flight services.

It is estimated that more than 14,000t of carbon will be saved across the site throughout the duration of the contract.

Bristol Airport Planning and Sustainability director Simon Earles said: “From next month our terminal and other facilities will be powered by renewable energy, a significant step on our journey to carbon neutrality. There is more to do, but this is a clear statement of our intent to reduce our direct emissions.”

In addition to addressing direct emissions, Bristol Airport’s carbon roadmap includes plans to offset road journeys by passengers.

The roadmap explains how flights plan to meet the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), an international agreement to stabilise emissions at 2020 levels.

Ørsted UK sales managing director Ashley Phillips 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.”

In February this year, Bristol Airport said it would offer £1.8m as part of a noise insulation scheme planned for homes in the surrounding area.

The airport announced plans to open an on-site waiting area for taxis and a free-of-charge drop off facility for private vehicles this January.