UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS has successfully implemented an environmental management system at Scotland’s Glasgow Airport to demonstrate that the airport meets the highest international standards for environmental protection.
The Environmental Management System has been designed by NATS to improve environmental performance in both the airspace and within airport operations.
The new system will also help Glasgow Airport to attain environmental objectives, manage risk and opportunities, and fulfil compliance obligations.
The certification was awarded after the UK ANSP reviewed airspace operations and facilities at the site to identify their impact on the environment and plan to offer environmental improvements.
NATS Environmental and Community Affairs head Ian Jopson said: “This certification not only shows our dedication to good service levels but further demonstrates to our airport customers and airlines how NATS is supporting them in meeting their sustainability goals, both in the air and on the ground.”
The system is also said to encourage airport employees to think and act more sustainably.
Glasgow Airport Air Traffic Services general manager Tom Kirkhope said: “The team here has done a fantastic job transforming the tower’s environmental efficiency.
“I’m delighted that energy consumption is down over 30% now from just over three years ago. Glasgow Airport is a keen supporter of this work as it reduces their bills too.”
NATS has conducted the review with an aim to implement the environmental management system at all its sites across the UK.
Along with Manchester, Glasgow is one of the first towers in the country to have received the certification.
Image: Glasgow Airport in Scotland, UK. Photo: courtesy of NATS.