UK’s Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has set a 2030 target for reaching carbon neutrality and revealed a roadmap to attain this objective.
As part of this initiative, the airport intends to decarbonise terminal operations and convert vehicles used at the airport to low or zero-emission versions.
Leeds Bradford Airport CEO Vincent Hodder said: “This net-zero commitment is one of the most ambitious made by a UK airport.
“Of course, emissions from aircraft are a concern across the aviation industry and we do not deny that or ignore it, but we are clear in our role to provide appropriate infrastructure and incentives to support the wider decarbonisation efforts of our partners and supply chain, as well as advocating for technological advances.”
LBA stated that it has already achieved a 48% carbon reduction since 2015.
Hooder explained that LBA is emphasising emissions that it is ‘directly responsible for and is fully in control of.’
The airport is also willing to support on-site partners in lowering their emission levels.
Airlines such as KLM, Ryanair and Jet2, which use LBA, have already made their own commitments to reduce carbon footprint.
LBA is also reportedly planning to introduce electric airport shuttle busses and sign renewable heating contracts and deploy efficient air-conditioning systems.
Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA), which was formed to stop the proposed expansion of LBA, has welcomed the move.
In another UK development, Gatwick Airport (LGW) partnered with Gridserve, a sustainable energy firm, to build an electric charging forecourt, which is said to be the net-zero equivalent of a petrol station.
Once completed, the new Electric Forecourt will be used by passengers, employees, local residents and businesses.