Bristol Airport unveils accelerated plans to become carbon neutral by 2025

PUBLISHED: 00:01 24 July 2019

What the airport may one day look like. Picture: Bristol Airport

What the airport may one day look like. Picture: Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport aims to be carbon neutral by 2025, five years ahead of its initial target.

An artist's impression of Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol AirportAn artist's impression of Bristol Airport. Picture: Bristol Airport

The airport has published a 'carbon roadmap' setting out how it will achieve its goal of being a 'net zero airport' by 2050 and the means it will use to become 'carbon neutral' within six years.

The airport has reacted to concerns from environmental groups that the proposed terminal expansion would be inconsistent with climate emergencies declared by local authorities in the West of England.

In 2017, the airport set a target to be carbon neutral by 2030 for all emissions under its direct control, primarily through the introduction of electricity, gas and ground vehicles.

The new 2025 target will be achieved through a range of measures including increased use of electric vehicles on site, and a shift to renewable energy sources, with the ultimate goal to become net zero by 2050 in line with the commitment made by the European airport industry.

As well as addressing direct emissions, the roadmap sets out how the impact of passenger travel to the terminal and emissions from flights will be tackled.

Emissions from road journeys will be offset by a carbon levy on vehicles using the Express Drop Off which the airport sees as the least sustainable way to get there. It will be introduced later this year.

All proceeds of the levy will then be used to offset emissions from road and rail journeys to the airport, but how this will work, or the cost to passengers has not yet been revealed.

Emissions from flights will be tackled too with the aim of keeping emissions from planes to 2020 levels.

Bristol Airport chief executive officer, Dave Lees, said: "Our carbon roadmap sets out how we are responding to the challenge of climate change.

"It combines ambitious targets with clear actions and a timeline against which we will chart our progress.

"It not only covers direct emissions from our site but also tackles the impact of passenger journeys to the airport and flights themselves.

"Decarbonising aviation will not be easy, but this plan shows we are serious about reducing our emissions so we can all continue to enjoy the benefits of air travel in a low carbon future."

Airport bosses also say a larger terminal and more flights will help the environment by reducing the number of people heading to London Gatwick or Heathrow.

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