Liverpool John Lennon Airport is bidding to become carbon neutral by 2040 making it 10 years ahead of the Government’s target for the UK.

The project has seen the airport replace all lights with LED luminaires which are more efficient and last longer with sensors throughout the site to reduce non-essential usage.


The airport is England’s fifth busiest outside London with over five million annual passengers and more than 60 flights a day before the Covid-19 pandemic.


Robin Tudor, LJL Head of PR and Communications, said: “We’re a 24/7 business and use a lot of light bulbs, not just on the airfield but also in the buildings and car parks and it’s important that we illuminate them to the right level and as efficiently as possible.


“It’s also about educating the people who work here, and there are about 2,500 of them, to be more energy aware although obviously things are very different at present with the lockdown only just being lifted and very few flights taking place.


“Our strategy is to get to Net Zero by 2040 which would be ten years ahead of the Government’s plans and we have reduced our direct and indirect emissions by almost 50 per cent over the last decade and during a period of growth.”


Liverpool John Lennon is seeking to be a Net Zero Leader at a major online business conference next month, Net Zero 2021 which aims to encourage public and private sector organisations across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales to become cleaner.


The free conference has been organised by the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council for Thursday, May 20, and LJLA are among the speakers alongside major players such as Airbus, NatWest, Siemens and Iceland as well as small and medium sized businesses from across the region.


Robin added: “We can’t look at this alone though and that’s why we are a member alongside a host of other aviation organisations of ‘Sustainable Aviation’ which is a long-term collective strategy tackling the challenge of ensuring a cleaner future for our industry.


“Plans are already in place to develop a sustainable aviation fuel right here in the Mersey Dee area, for use by airlines operating at UK airports.


“We also see renewable energy as important too and were one of the first airports in the UK to install micro-wind turbines on site, using them to prove that this form of renewable energy could be possible at airports despite operational safeguards and our master plan for future development includes further renewable energy generation across the site too.”

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