ECO-CONSCIOUS airport bosses are "winging their way to green success" after smashing their goal of reducing the energy they use.
Staff at Newcastle International Airport had been set the target of cutting back the power they use by 2.5% over 12 months.
But when the totals came in it showed they’d more than doubled their target, saving around one million kilowatt hours of electricity – a 6.6% reduction.
Terry Clarke, energy and sustainability project manager at Newcastle Airport, said: “To beat the target we set ourselves by such a large margin is great. As well as the investments we’ve made, we’ve been educating staff about the best ways to conserve energy in their daily routines, and this has been very effective.”
As well as reducing its energy use by a fifteenth, the airport has also cut its carbon footprint by 5% year-on-year, putting it well on the way to achieving its target of a 15% drop compared to it’s 2010 levels by 2015.
The figures come just as the airport has completed its submission to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment.
The CRC is a mandatory programme aimed at improving energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations, which together are responsible for around 10% of the UK’s emissions. The process takes around 18 months and requires the company to monitor energy use and carbon output over the course of a year.
Over that time the airport’s energy and environment team have been training staff members in the best ways to reduce their carbon footprint and installing energy monitoring equipment to ensure standards are upheld.
The airport has also made significant investments in technical upgrades such as lighting projects and cooling technology, and the team is continuing to explore renewable energy options for the future.
At the end of the year the Department of Energy and Climate Change will publish a league table of businesses and organisations that have completed the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, and the airport is hoping to be featured highly on the list.
Terry Clarke said: “Now there’s a league table of organisations we can compare ourselves to, we need to make sure that we maintain the efforts we’ve put in over the past year.”