12 October 2010

The operator of Stansted Airport, BAA, has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for its success in reporting, managing and reducing its carbon emissions. The airport attained the standard after reducing its energy consumption by 3% between 2008 and 2009.

The airport has undertaken a number of green improvements, including installing a biomass boiler as part of £50 million terminal extension, trialling single-engine taxiing of aircraft to reduce emissions from manoeuvring planes, and putting energy-efficient lighting across its airfield.

However, Stansted’s Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Dr Andy Jefferson, has stated that around 92% of emissions from the airport buildings are generated by electricity use, so airport operator BAA has set a target to reduce 2010 levels by 5% compared with 2009.