Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Scotland has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy company Ørsted to decarbonise the airport and fast-track its transition to sustainable air travel.
According to the partnership between the airport and Ørsted, the two companies have agreed to work together to outline a plan, which will help the airport reach its net-zero goal by 2040.
In order to achieve its target, Edinburgh Airport plans to make use of green technologies including hydrogen fuels produced at offshore wind farms to remove carbon emissions from the airport and aircraft operating from this location.
The two parties will focus on energy used by the airport and vehicles at the airport, as well as the fuel utilised by the aircraft at the airport.
In addition, the pair will identify ‘effective and affordable options’ for the airport and work alongside the Scottish and UK governments on the rules that are needed to launch them.
Through these initiatives, Edinburgh Airport aims to become one of the most sustainable airports in the world.
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Edinburgh Airport CEO Gordon Dewar said: “The aviation industry realises the part it plays in emissions and the need to move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.
“We have made huge advances in technology and we want to continue to innovate and ensure aviation’s future is one that is decarbonised and contributes positively to our economy and Scotland’s net-zero ambitions.
“Although aviation emissions derive in the main from aircraft in flight, we can play our part within our estate and fuel for aircraft at Edinburgh and we are confident this exciting partnership will help us on our way to a sustainable travel future and see Edinburgh Airport helping to develop and support sustainable fuels and their use.”