Climate week 2011 lands at EMA


East Midlands Airport is today launching the start of Climate Week 2011, marking the start of a week long National campaign.

East Midlands Airport is joining other companies, charities, schools, local councils and other organisations, as part of the UK’s first National Climate Change Week, with the aim of inspiring millions of people to combat climate change.

Throughout the week, running from March 21st to March 25th, the airport will be holding roadshows across the site, where colleagues can learn about all aspect of sustainability; including a new sustainability champion scheme. The scheme, launched in March, allows colleagues to get involved in sustainable activities such as volunteering, green travel and environmental initiatives. A willow tree planting session on the airport’s perimeter trail will also be an important part of the week, allowing colleagues to engage with projects that are already underway to help reduce carbon emissions and create renewable fuels.

Neil Robinson, Director of Sustainability East Midlands Airport said: “East Midlands Airport places climate change and community relations at the heart of the business and we are incredibly pleased to be taking part in the week. By involving and engaging our employees to think differently and use hints and tips, both at work and at home, we firmly believe that together we can reduce carbon emissions.

In addition to the activities for airport colleagues, on Wednesday, the airport is hosting the first East Midlands Climate Change Youth Conference at the Aerozone, a dedicated education facility based on site. Led by North West Leicestershire District Council, the conference involves students from local secondary schools learning about climate change and the projects that the airport are implementing to reduce emissions.

Neil continued: “The airport has set a target to make ground operations carbon neutral by 2012 and we are pleased to be well on our way, which is why raising the profile of climate change and passing on our knowledge to business partners and local schools is very important to us.

More information on Climate Week can be found at climateweek.com.

Published on: 21/03/2011 13:46:28


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