East Midlands Airport wind turbines receive Green Apple Award
East Midlands Airport is celebrating after being awarded a Green Apple Environment Award for the fifth consecutive year, at a National presentation held on Monday 14th November 2011 in the House of Commons.
The airport was recognised by the Green Organisation, an independent environment group, for environmental best practice, commending the airport’s achievement in successfully installing two commercial scale wind turbines on site – a UK airport first.
The airport worked with turbine manufacturers and the Civil Aviation Authority for nearly three years to complete a comprehensive feasibility and planning process, producing a robust safety case that allowed the airport to become the first in the country to install turbines of this scale on the airport site. Each of the turbines measure 45 metres including the rotor blades, which have a radius of 15 metres and together they will produce 5% of the airport’s electricity, enough to power 150 houses.
Neil Robinson, Director of Sustainability, East Midlands Airport said: “We are delighted to have won a Green Apple Award for the fifth year running. We truly believe our environmental projects are leading the way for airports and have championed a number of UK, European and World firsts in the past six years.
“Receiving external recognition for the wind turbines project is a great accolade, as the knowledge we have gained and are now able to pass to other businesses, both in the aviation industry and further afield, will undoubtedly help to create a sustainable future and benefit the environment.”
The wind turbine development, launched in May 2011, added to the renewable projects the airport has implemented over the past six years and also contributes significantly to the airport’s “Inspiring Young People” programme, at the Aerozone, the airport’s on site education facility.
During UK Climate Week, earlier this year, the Aerozone hosted the first North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) Climate Summit. This event was attended by young people from across the region, providing them with an understanding of Climate Change and how the emissions of a business can be reduced.
The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world. The awards, now in their eighteenth year, are well established as one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally.
For more information contact:
EMA Press Office
Tel: 0845 108 8542
Notes to editors:
• In 2006, East Midlands Airport was the first UK airport to commit to making its ground operations carbon neutral by 2012.
• East Midlands Airport was the first European airport to offer WebTrak, an online facility to view aircraft operation in the Airport’s airspace.
• East Midlands Airport was the first UK airport to plant a 26 hectare willow farm that will provide fuel for a bio-mass boiler in the terminal building by 2012.
• East Midlands Airport is the only UK airport to successfully retain the environmental management system ISO14001 since 2002.
• More information on the progress of East Midlands Airport’s carbon neutral commitment can be found in the Manchester Airport Group’s 2010 sustainability report: www.magworld.co.uk.
• East Midlands Airport was awarded a Community Mark, the Mayday Carbon Positive Award and was crowned the Carbon Positive Pioneer for the East Midlands region in the 2011 BiTC awards
• East Midlands Airport was highly commended in the Sustainable Business of the Year category of the Environment and Energy Awards 2011
The airport promotes environmentally sound choices amongst customers, by encouraging passengers to offset carbon emissions from their journey through the airport’s website and by providing good transport links to and from the surrounding areas.
Published on: 22/11/2011 15:33:28