Energy & Climate Change
Understanding and managing our environmental impacts is a high priority at Birmingham Airport. Carbon Management is fundamental to our operations and we take a proactive approach to reducing emissions and improving environmental performance. We undertake comprehensive monitoring of our energy use and work across the Airport Company and with our onsite partners to reduce our carbon emissions. Below are some examples of the work we have undertaken:
In 2011 we installed 200 solar panels on the roof of our terminal that will save 22 tonnes of carbon a year and generate 40,000 kWh a year, sufficient to power 12 average sized homes. This is the first renewable energy and zero carbon installation on the Airport site and is part of a wider project to improve energy management and reduce our carbon footprint.
Operation Pathfinder was launched in 2005 as a forum through which the Airport Environment Team works with Air Traffic Control and airlines. Through this group we have implemented schemes to reduce carbon emissions such as:
- Incentivising the use of Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP) by aircraft, which has a lower carbon intensity compared to aircraft onboard motors.
- An Efficient Airfield campaign including facilitating continuous taxiing to and from terminal stands wherever possible.
- Continuous Descent Approaches, where aircraft stay higher for longer and therefore have reduced fuel consumption and noise impact.
- Continuous Climb Operations, where aircraft operate a continuous climb on departure, thereby reducing their fuel consumption and noise impact.