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Edinburgh Airport bids to become worlds most 'sustainable' airport



Edinburgh Airport has partnered up with renewable energy company Ørsted in a bid to make the airport one of the most sustainable in the world.

They have mapped out a route for the airport to reach its goals of becoming netzero by 2040 which will include using green technologies, new hydrogen fuels produced at scale from offshore wind farms to help eliminate carbon emissions from Edinburgh Airport and the aircraft that operate from it.

The partnership will see Ørsted and Edinburgh Airport work together to decarbonise swallowing signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU):

  • The energy used in the airport itself

  • The energy used by the vehicles that are used to operate the airport

  • The energy used by the vehicles getting passengers and goods to and from the airport

  • The fuel being used by the aircraft using the airport

The partnership will aim to identify the most effective and affordable options for Edinburgh Airport while working with the Scottish and UK government on the required changes to regulation and policy in order to introduce them.

It will include proposals for hydrogen production facilities powered by offshore wind to support decarbonisation.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive at Edinburgh Airport said: “The aviation industry realises the part it plays in emissions and the need to move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

“We have made huge advances in technology and we want to continue to innovate and ensure aviation’s future is one that is decarbonised and contributes positively to our economy and Scotland’s net zero ambitions.

“Although aviation emissions derive mainly from aircraft in flight, we can play our part within our estate and fuel for aircraft at Edinburgh and we are confident this exciting partnership will help us on our way to a sustainable travel future and see Edinburgh Airport helping to develop and support sustainable fuels and their use.”

Duncan Clark, head of the UK region at Ørsted said: “This is a key stage on Scotland’s journey to reach net zero by 2045. Whilst we have made huge strides in decarbonising the way we generate electricity, the next stage is to use that renewable electricity to decarbonise industry and transport.

“This will involve renewable energy companies collaborating with forward-looking companies such as Edinburgh Airport. Renewable hydrogen is key to decarbonising heavy transport and air-travel and look forward to working together on this exciting technology.”

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