Newcastle International has announced its ambitious plans to become a Net Zero emissions airport by 2035.
As the majority of airports across Europe announce their plans to become Net Zero before 2050, the North East’s largest airport has set out to bring forward the target date to align with its centenary year in 2035. To help deliver these goals, the airport will take steps to procure and generate renewable energy as well as shifting to new technologies.
Over the next 15 years, a brand-new fleet of electric vehicles will be introduced across the airport, including passenger and car park buses, together with improved facilities for customers with electric vehicles. Newcastle International Airport will also seek to join the ACI Europe Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme.
As well as this, Newcastle International will be taking action to help stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions from flights by working with airlines to encourage more use of the latest, most efficient aircraft such as the A320 NEO – which already operates at the airport. The NEO aircraft delivers a 15% saving in CO2 emissions.
Nick Jones, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Decarbonising the airport before 2035 will be a challenge, but this is something that we feel strongly about. Newcastle international Airport is an extremely important asset to the region, and we pride ourselves on being a good neighbour. The people of the North East are at the heart of everything we do, so it is vital that we make the changes needed to be able to grow the airport in a sustainable manner that protects the environment we all live and work in.”