Tag Farnborough Airport
Why did your airport decide to become carbon neutral?
Since commencing operations in 2001, TAG Farnborough Airport (TFA) has aspired to become a world-class facility. As a business aviation center, TFA acknowledges that comprehensive management of noise, waste and carbon footprint is essential to developing sustainably. Independent certification is paramount for demonstrating a robust and credible approach to carbon neutrality and our work on Airport Carbon Accreditation, which commenced in 2008, provided a structured way of benchmarking against other airports.
Describe up to 4 key projects you implemented to achieve carbon neutrality?
Upgrade to LED has been an essential part of our work, to date this has encompassed the terminal, apron high-masts, fuel-farm, administrative center, maintenance sheds and control tower. At the tower alone, upgrading saved 15% (13,902 kwh) of total electricity consumption in the first two months
With over a thousand people on site daily, our training and procedural approach is important for driving site efficiency. Establishing policy, staff accountability and targeted awareness training, driven by our ISO 14001 certification, has fostered an energy efficiency ethos across site.
This year TFA committed to REGO energy supply (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin), which will see our annual footprint reduced by a further 2,000 tons.
Sustainable travel has helped minimise liquid fuel use and our network of 20 electric vehicle (EV) chargers enables use of EV’s from small ground handling trucks to a Tesla Model S. We even have a bicycle fleet for footprint free travel between buildings.
What would you recommend to other airports that wish to become carbon neutral?
At TFA, our initial move towards Airport Carbon Accreditation was to secure accurate fuel and energy consumption accounting. Smart metering of utilities and robust monitoring were essential in creating the baseline. The combination of carbon neutrality work with an Environmental Management System (EMS) is strongly recommended. This helps engrain sustainable development throughout the organisation and can support carbon reduction by securing buy-in from top management that will percolate to line management and operational teams.
What are your future carbon management plans?
Carbon Neutrality is an important milestone in our carbon reduction work but is by no means the end. We are currently working on a total re-fit of our airfield ground lighting system, replacing old tungsten fittings with LEDs. This will see our need to offset substantially reduced over the coming years.