As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable development and carbon footprint reduction, TAG Farnborough Airport, in cooperation with Carbon Footprint Ltd, is off-setting 2018 residual carbon emissions (over which it has direct control) with the donation of a 10kW Solar Array system to the nearby Newlands Primary School in Yateley Hampshire, as well as a large-scale solar farm project in India.
Farnborough became the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve carbon neutrality on the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2018. Since then, the airport has continued to make further reductions in its carbon footprint with a confirmed offset totalling 1,605 tonnes of carbon emissions for the last year. It has invested over £1 million into energy efficiency projects over the past five year alone and during the past decade has reduced carbon emissions, over which it has direct control, by 3,819 tones or 73%.
“TAG Farnborough is committed to developing its business in a responsible and sustainable way, supporting our local community economically, socially and environmentally,” said Miles Thomas, environment manager, TAG Farnborough Airport. The solar schools project will provide a lasting benefit to Newlands Primary School, supplying a carbon free source of elecricity for many years to come, while creating an avenue for discovery and learning amongst pupils in the field of science and technology.”
As well as providing renewable energy, the new solar system will allow the school to reduce its annual electricity costs and it will provide the children with a unique learning opportunity in the field of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Dr Wendy Buckley, client director at Carbon Footprint Ltd, said, “It is fantastic to see TAG Farnborough Airport continue to support community projects, both on a local and international basis. It is highly appropriate that having already introduced new technology – including solar power – at their own site, the airport is now supporting the introduction of the latest solar technology with these local and overseas projects.”
Find out more about how TAG Farnborough Airport is leading the carbon neutral way for business aviation airports in the current issue of Regional Gateway