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Newcastle International Airport’s carbon management prowess has earned the airport an upgrade to Level 3 Optimisation

February 1, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Newcastle International Airport in the United Kingdom has successfully upgraded to Level 3 Optimisation within the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, in recognition of the airport’s climate efforts.

Level 3 requires airports to broaden their carbon footprint assessment to include a variety of Scope 3 emissions and demonstrate active engagement with third-party operators to mitigate  emissions from their operations. This builds on the continued efforts to reduce emissions under the airport’s direct control, which is the key requirement of Level 2 accreditation.

Newcastle International Airport has embarked on a series of initiatives aimed at reaching its ambitious goal of becoming a Net Zero airport by 2035. These initiatives include incorporating electric vehicles into its fleet, enhancing recycling processes, and establishing a solar farm infrastructure. This solar farm is planned to be developed in four phases from 2022 to 2035, supporting the airport’s present and future needs. The first phase of the solar farm was constructed in winter 2022 and became operational in early 2023, making a significant impact –  3MW of clean energy produced directly  at the airport site. Since its installation, Phase 1 has generated more than 25% of the site’s electricity (over 1,800,000 kWh) and is capable of meeting 100% of the airport’s electricity demand on sunny days.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said: “I would like to congratulate Newcastle International Airport on its upgrade to the certification Level 3 Optimisation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. This underscores the airport’s commitment to decarbonisation across the entire airport site, demonstrated through a series of impactful CO2 reduction initiatives, including the installation of a solar farm that can provide 100% of the airport’s electricity demand on a sunny day. It’s fantastic to see the airport not only progressing further towards its target to reach Net Zero by 2035 for CO2 emissions under its control, but also engaging with its airlines and other operational partners using the airport to reduce their own emissions.  Thumbs up to all the teams involved for effectively contributing to a more sustainable air transport system!

For more details you can read the Newcastle International Airport’s Press Release here