Bristol Airport Unveils Emissions Reduction Roadmap

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Bristol Airport, UK, has published a carbon roadmap setting out how it will achieve its ambition to be a net zero airport and accelerating efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

The airport said the roadmap has been published in direct response to concerns that its proposed development could be inconsistent with climate emergencies declared by local authorities in the West of England.  It added that it sets “ambitious targets which would put Bristol at the forefront of carbon reduction in the UK airport sector.”

Two years ago Bristol Airport set a target to be carbon neutral by 2030 for all emissions under its direct control (primarily from electricity, gas and ground vehicles). The roadmap brings this target forward to 2025 and the airport said this will be achieved through a range of measures including increased use of electric vehicles and a shift to renewable energy sources. It noted that the airport’s ultimate objective is to become net zero by 2050 in line with the commitment made by Airports Council International Europe last month, to which Bristol was amongst the first signatories.


As well as addressing direct emissions, the new roadmap sets out how the impact of passenger travel to the Airport and emissions from flights will be tackled. Emissions from road journeys will be offset by a new carbon levy on vehicles using its Express Drop Off area, which it described as “the least sustainable way” to get to the Airport.  When it is introduced later this year, the proceeds of the levy will be used to offset emissions from all surface access journeys.  Emissions from flights will be tackled through the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), which is a global agreement to address emissions from flights which will commence in 2021 with the aim of stabilising emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels.

Airport CEO, Dave Lees, said: “Our carbon roadmap sets out how we are responding to the challenge of climate change. It combines ambitious targets with clear actions and a timeline against which we will chart our progress. It not only covers direct emissions from our site but also tackles the impact of passenger journeys to the airport and flights themselves. Decarbonising aviation will not be easy, but this plan shows we are serious about reducing our emissions so we can all continue to enjoy the benefits of air travel in a low carbon future.”