NEWCASTLE Airport bosses are celebrating another year of eco-improvements with more than one million kWh of electricity saved in the last 12 months.
Such a reduction is the environmental equivalent of taking 149 cars off the region’s roads.
The latest figures are the result of projects by Newcastle International Airport including installing hundreds of new energy-efficient lights, as well as sensors to make sure toilets and gate areas are only illuminated when someone is there. Other green schemes have seen 38 workers taking to pedal power to reach the transport hub, which is six miles west of the city centre, and recycling 20% of their waste at the airport itself.
A spokesman for the airport said: “The numbers demonstrate how committed Newcastle International is to improving its environmental performance.
“We are extremely proud of the work our dedicated team carries out to ensure that our impact on the surrounding area and beyond is minimised.”
The improvements come at a time when, despite the continued economic uncertainty, the airport still flew more than 4.38m passengers – who ate and drank their way through 420,303 hot drinks and 136,266 Greggs sausage rolls, all of which required energy to heat them up.
The spokesman added: “Our strategies in relation to noise, waste, air quality, and energy usage have shown real results, and we’re making investments in a range of initiatives in 2012.
“Newcastle Airport would like to thank all of its customers, staff and business partners for supporting our environmental initiatives.
“We will continue to strive to further improve our performance.”
Improvements in 2011 included:
1,098,408 kWh of electricity saved in 2011
Over 1,000 tonnes of waste is produced at the airport annually of which 20% recycled on site.
Around 600 tonnes of CO² reduced from airport’s carbon footprint
40 recycling bins in the terminal for paper and plastic bottles
The airport issued 38 bikes issued under the Cycle to Work scheme
Installed 26 presence sensors in toilets and gates
22 air quality monitoring points throughout the airport, assessing for nitrogen dioxide levels
There are four permanent noise monitors within the local communities
Two local watercourses on the airport site are tested for water quality twice a week during the winter months.
The airport is now the third highest airport in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) performance league table.