Birmingham Airport expects to reduce its electricity consumption by replacing traditional bulbs with low-energy LEDs in its high-mast lights.  

The Midlands travel hub predicts this move will see its high-mast lighting energy consumption drop by as much as 41%.   

The planned move, taking place in the coming months, will result in brighter - and therefore safer - lighting around the apron, the area of the airport where aircraft load and unload passengers, mail or cargo, as well as refuel and undergo maintenance.  

This step will save a predicted 45.5. tonnes of carbon emissions a year, reduce maintenance costs and give a welcome saving on the airport’s electricity bill at today’s very high market prices.   

Simon Richards, chief finance and sustainability officer for BHX, said: “Moving to LEDs is another small but important step for us in our journey to becoming a net-zero-carbon airport by 2033.   

“We’ve been bold in our public commitment to this goal. We know how we’ll get the first two thirds of the way to net zero, but we don’t yet know how we’re going to do the final third. But do it we will, most likely with the help of technologies not yet invented.  

“Failure is not an option when it comes to playing our part in protecting the future of our planet.”  

LED stands for light-emitting diode. LEDs contain a semiconductor diode which glows when a voltage is applied. 

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