Becoming carbon neutral and looking to increase investment in renewable technologies are two of the improvements Edinburgh Airport has made as it publishes its annual report.
The airport’s sustainability report for 2021 comes a year after the launch of its Greater Good strategy and measures progress made against the four pillars contained within. The past year has seen the airport:
Becoming carbon neutral for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions
Beginning the process of switching airside vehicles fuel from diesel to hydrotreated vegetable oil
Continuing to buy 100% of our electricity from renewable sources
Progressing an 11-acre solar farm on the airfield
Re-launching its community fund for 2022 with £100,000 available to local groups
Achieving Level 3 status with the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme, meaning analysis and reporting of all emissions data has been externally verified
Launching a supplier’s sustainability pledge
The report also shows that the airport’s overall carbon footprint reduced by 48% but that was due to the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in a significant reduction in air traffic movements at the airport.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “Sustainability is a key focus of the business as we need to ensure that the airport is future proofed by making our operations cleaner while continuing to make a positive contribution to the local and national economy, as well as our neighbouring communities.
“Our Greater Good strategy takes all of those things into account and this report demonstrates the improvements we’ve made and will continue to make in the years ahead thanks to decisions we are taking now. There’s still a lot of work to do but the challenge to meet our targets and play our part in wider targets is one we welcome.”
The airport introduced a new pledge to strengthen the whole campus approach to sustainability, including decarbonisation. Created to enable partnership working with the whole supply chain, it focuses on a range of sustainability related criteria, including decarbonisation, with Sasse the first signatory.
Sasse are the current provider of soft facilities services and are supporting the Greater Good strategy through things like the implementation of low energy equipment, the use of eco-friendly cleaning products, and the introduction of bio-degradable shrink wrap made from sugar cane.
Gordon Robertson, Director of Communications and Sustainability said:
“Our Greater Good strategy is about how we make the airport sustainable and a social and economic asset that delivers now and for the future, and a key strand in that is ensuring we work in tandem with all of the businesses and partners as we must all be working towards the same goal.
“The pledge invites partners to share their own sustainability approaches with us so we can factor in the great work going on all over the campus and really deliver at all levels. Sasse are the first partners to join us and we hope others will join and work with us for the Greater Good of Scotland.”
Benny Wunderlich, Managing Director at Sasse:
“As a facilities services provider, we make a significant contribution to ensuring that our customers facilities are maintained for as long as possible. As a business we have committed to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These standards are closely related to the vision, mission, values and strategy of Sasse Group. Ultimately, it is people who act responsibly – for each other in the company, for our customers and partners, for everyone who is affected by our work and its results. To join Edinburgh Airport and sign up to the Pledge was therefore not a question but our duty.”
The report can be accessed here: Greater Good Sustainability Report 2021
You can find out more on the Greater Good strategy here: https://corporate.edinburghairport.com/sustainability