AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow (pictured) and Southampton airports in the UK has been named a sector leader by global sustainability organisation Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). While all three airports were recognised by GRESB, Glasgow was ranked as best performing airport for sustainability leadership.

Each year GRESB assesses and benchmarks the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets around the globe. The assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, goals and emerging regulations.

While Glasgow was ranked first within the UK and European Transport sector as well as in the worldwide category, Aberdeen was ranked second in all categories and Southampton was ranked third in the UK and European sectors and sixth worldwide.

Derek Provan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports commented: “To be recognised in the GRESB benchmarking annual assessment is a tremendous achievement. At AGS, we are acutely aware that operating such important pieces of infrastructure comes with responsibilities; to our people, to our communities and to the environment.”

He added, “We have already made significant progress in addressing our environmental impacts with each of our airports achieving carbon neutrality status and we are committed to achieving net zero by 2045.”

Although the three airports vary in terms of size, capacity and the scale of their operations, Provan explained that they all share a common purpose to deliver a safe and superior passenger experience, while playing a crucial role in supporting the regional areas their connectivity provides. “For each of our airports to have been recognised by GRESB is a fantastic endorsement and confirms that our efforts in sustainability are well placed,” he concluded.

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