Manchester Airport has become the first airport in the UK to attain carbon neutral status (Level 3+), certified by the independent carbon management programme Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Over the last decade, the airport has been making efforts for a decade to cut down its energy usage and investing more than £7.5m in efficiency projects.

Manchester Airport chief executive officer Ken O’Toole said: “At Manchester Airport we are committed to being one of the leading European airports when it comes to environmental management.

“As an organisation we recognise that climate change is an important global challenge. This achievement demonstrates the lengths we go to ensuring we balance our role as economic generator, alongside caring for the environment.”

To attain the certification, Manchester Airport has deployed more than 25,000 low-energy LED lights across the airport premises that included the first on any runway across the UK.

The airport has managed to save energy consumption equivalent to that used by 10,000 UK households each year.

Currently, the urge to protect the local environment by using energy-efficient means is turning out to be essential within the UK property market, and particularly to its investors.

Due to take effect from 1 April 2018, the new legislation in the country will make it illegal to rent any property that has a poor energy-efficiency rating.

Last month, Manchester Airport handled more than 1.8 million passengers, thereby registering a 20% growth in passenger traffic compared to that of the same month in 2015.

The airport handled more than two million additional passengers last year.

Image: Manchester Airport has been awarded carbon neutral status, certified by Airport Carbon Accreditation. Photo: courtesy of AB Property Marketing.