Wind Turbines Land at East Midlands Airport

As part of the commitment to make ground operations carbon neutral by 2012, work is now underway to install two wind turbines at East Midlands Airport.

The turbines, which will be a UK first, are set to be installed March 2011 and the preparation works are currently underway, with ground clearance and foundation construction taking place from today (12th January 2011). Producing an estimated 5% of the airport’s electricity, which is the equivalent power of more than 150 houses, the turbines will save approximately 300 tonnes of carbon each year. Located on site, next to the airport’s headquarters, the turbines will stand 45 metres high, including the rotor blades, which will have a radius of around 14 metres.

The airport has worked closely with the Civil Aviation Authority and North West Leicestershire District Council to ensure that all permissions and approvals have been implemented ahead of their arrival. Planning consent was confirmed in 2008 and since, the airport has worked in partnership with local based companies and suppliers from across the world to source the most suitable product for the airport environment and to guarantee the most effective installation.

With plans to install a further two turbines, the electricity generated will significantly add to the airport’s existing suite of environmental measures reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Neil Robinson, Director of Sustainability, East Midlands Airport said: We are delighted to have started the ground works for the wind turbines. We will be the first UK airport to install turbines on this scale and the road to get here has been challenging, but we are confident that we have found the right turbines, that we are working with the very best partners and now the foundation holes have been dug, we can really see them taking shape.

“The turbines will be installed for 20 years and we see it as a significant investment for the airport and the environment. Throughout the process, we have been careful to ensure that they will have no effect on our operations or be obtrusive for neighbours.

“The airport has invested heavily in environmental projects over the past four years and will continue to do so. The airport places very considerable importance on being greener, which helps our business and contributes locally, nationally and globally to tackling climate change.”

Published on: 12/01/2011 12:47:34

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