London Luton Airport (LLA) in the UK has attained Level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme after implementing various sustainable measures.
As an international carbon management framework for airports, the ACA Scheme is overseen by Airport Council International (ACI).
This framework aims to minimise CO₂ emissions across all airport operations, including from airport infrastructure to airlines, ground handlers, surface access providers and retailers.
Towards the end of 2019, LLA joined the ACA and moved to Level 3 in a span of 18 months after partnering with key investors for developing a strategy to lower emissions at the airport.
Even after recording a 23% surge in passenger traffic between 2016 and 2019, the airport managed to cut down direct carbon emissions by more than 30%.
This was reached through activities such as moving to a 100% renewable electricity supply, including solar, wind and hydroelectric power sources.
The airport modernised its air handling units to enhance efficiency, which reduced total electricity consumption by more than 3% annually.
Besides, LLA installed LED lights while cutting down the number of lights across the site.
It also deployed a new heating system, which reduced gas consumption by 16%.
The airport aims to attain carbon neutrality for its own operations by 2026 and is presently drafting a carbon reduction strategy to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.
Recently, LLA filed its response to the government’s Jet Zero Consultation, along with the Environmental Audit Committee’s enquiry into net-zero aviation.
Under the submissions, the airport requested the government to contribute monetarily to back the industry for making needed investments and changes.
LLA CEO Alberto Martin said: “Achieving this accreditation is a significant milestone for the airport in its sustainable growth journey. However, we know that there is more to do and we remain committed to reducing our carbon emissions across both our operations and the site itself.”
In August, the Avion Group launched its new flight training facility at LLA.