17 February, 2009
Manchester Airport has become the first UK airport to be awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard, in recognition of the airport's commitment to the environment through carbon emissions reduction and carbon management.
The Carbon Trust was set-up in 2001 by the government as an independent company to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce their emissions. The Carbon Trust Standard certifies that an organisation has genuinely reduced its carbon footprint and is committed to making further reductions year on year.
An independent third-party made the assessment based on evidence provided by the airport – and to-date, just 66 organisations have met the stringent assessment criteria, emphasising the magnitude of this award.
Andrew Cornish, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “The Standard is a way of demonstrating to stakeholders that you are doing what you claim and that real reductions in carbon dioxide are being made.
“The money saved from energy efficiency measures feeds back into the business and reduces our operating costs, which is very important in a highly competitive industry like ours, where we are under increasing pressure to lower charges to our customers.”
He added: “As we currently face a tough economic period, this is particularly important because it enables the airport to meet its environmental commitments, whilst continuing to be a driver of investment for the North West region.”
Manchester Airport and the three other airports that make up the Manchester Airports Group (East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside) all have a carbon neutral commitment. The Airport Group has made dealing with the issue of carbon integral to its business strategy and will be the first airport group in the UK to reach this target by 2015.
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, commented: “Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce their direct impact on climate change by cutting carbon emissions. We congratulate Manchester Airport on this achievement.
"Both businesses and consumers share a desire for one, credible way to prove an organisation has not only measured, but actually reduced their carbon emissions year-on-year without the use of offsetting. The Carbon Trust Standard provides this credibility and we encourage more organisations to follow Manchester Airport in making this commitment."
Source: Manchester Airport