British airport operator sets green energy targets through deal with Powergen

Dec. 15, 2000à‚–Airport operator BAA plc has struck a renewable resources energy deal with energy company Powergen.

By committing to taking five per cent of its energy from renewable resources by 2003, BAA will match the Government’s UK-wide target to reduce emissions.

Powergen, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of renewable energy, will be supplying BAA with all its electricity requirements for its four South East airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton.

Initially, Southampton Airport and a number of sites at Heathrow Airport will purchase green energy, and BAA aims to achieve five per cent renewable energy supply for all its airports by 2003.

In the year from October 2000 to September 2001, BAA will have purchased enough renewable energy to power 2,500 average semi-detached houses. In addition the introduction of renewable energy will also reduce CO2 emissions by 6,000 tonnes each year compared with energy produced from fossil fuel generation.

Mike Roberts, BAA’s group technical director, said: “We are unique in the UK in having written into our company mission statement our commitment to grow with the support and trust of our neighbours and to set challenging environmental targets for the sustainable development of our airports. Among our many targets is a reduction in CO2 emissions of 60% per passenger on 1990 levels by 2010 and 10% renewable energy by 2010 across our seven UK airports. The contract with Powergen is a major step to meeting the targets set for renewable energy.”

John Blackhall, Powergen’s Director Corporate Clients, said: “We will be working with BAA to share our considerable experience in renewable energy which has been acquired through the development of our joint venture, Powergen Renewables and through our contracted portfolio with a wide range of green energy producers. BAA is keen to promote the use of green energy with employees, partners and customers and it is this sort of commitment that will stimulate further investment in green generation.”

Powergen was amongst the first companies to achieve green energy accreditation from the Energy Saving Trust.

Following the Kyoto summit in December 1997, 160 countries established the first ever, legally-binding global reduction targets to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Government policy is to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20% from 1990 levels and for 10% of electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2010, with an interim target of 5% by 2003.

About BAA plc
BAA plc owns and operates seven UK airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen.

As part of its commitment to sustainable development BAA sets tangible and measurable targets, including in relation to air quality, air noise, ground noise, water environment, energy, waste and surface transport. Full details on the programme and targets are available in the BAA annual report and on www.baa.co.uk

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