Environmental First

Edinburgh Airport has become the first organisation to pass the Carbon Masters Standard (CMS), an emissions reduction scheme that sets the UK’s most challenging targets for cutting greenhouse gas output.
The scheme, developed by Edinburgh-based consultancy Carbon Masters, claims to go further than any of the seven carbon emissions reduction and certification schemes run by other UK organisations which are based on Carbon Trust levels.
The airport, which reached level two of the three-tier standard, was presented with a certificate on May 17 by the Scottish Minister for the Environment and Climate, Stewart Stevenson.  The CMS is approved by the Environment Agency and will assist the country in meeting its ambitious 2020 carbon reduction targets.
It has three levels of compliance.  The highest level, the Carbon Masters Gold Standard, requires participants to monitor and reduce a range of additional sources of carbon output, including business travel and waste, with a target of cutting their absolute emissions by 3% every year.
Jim O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, said:  “As part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, we are working hard to cut our direct airport carbon emissions through improvements to building energy consumption, fuel use and waste management.  Despite an increase in passenger numbers from 8.6 million to around 9.4 million in 2011, we achieved an absolute 3% reduction of direct carbon emissions compared to the previous two years.”