London Southend Airport to be carbon neutral by 2027

by Callum Tennant
London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport has been awarded Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), committing to carbon neutrality by 2027.

Airport carbon accreditation recognition

ACA is a global carbon management certification programme for airports. It independently assesses and recognises airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

An aircraft flying

The aviation industry needs to reduce its current emission levels.

Reacting to the news, Glyn Jones, CEO of London Southend Airport, said that the award highlighted: “The work [that] the airport continues to invest in addressing its environmental impacts.”

Oliver Jankovec, the Director General of ACI EUROPE, which owns and governs the ACA, claimed that London Southend Airport was “leading by example”. He stressed that: “Achieving Airport Carbon Accreditation, amid the worst crisis ever experienced by the airport sector, is both extraordinary and commendable.”

He also warned that: “We cannot wait for the health crisis [Covid-19] to loosen its grip on our industry to address the looming Climate Emergency.” This sentiment is shared by environmental groups, who have previously targeted airports with protests.

London Southend Airport’s record on climate action

The Airport, which serves over two million passengers annually, has already made considerable strides in its efforts to decrease its carbon footprint. In 2018/19 alone, London Southend Airport decreased its CO² emissions by over 7%.

A solar farm

London Southend Airport has actively invested in alternative energy sources

A decision to spend £2m and establishing a nearby solar farm means that the airport currently generates more than 20% of its electricity requirements from renewable solar energy.

However, it’s not just carbon emissions that London Southend is focusing on. The installation of onsite nitrogen dioxide (NO²) monitors also revealed that NO² levels are consistently below government guidelines.

In a bid to reduce waste, the airport has a no waste to landfill policy and uses two 60,000 litre water tanks to collect rainwater, which is then filtered and used for toilet flushing.

How do you think London Southend Airport is doing in reducing its environmental impact? Let us know in the comments below.

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