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UK Airport to achieve carbon neutrality

East Midlands Airport has announced that it is the first UK airport to reach its target of carbon-neutral ground operations by 2012

The airport made a commitment in 2006 and has implemented an extensive programme of carbon reduction investing over £4 million in World-leading projects over the last six years to meet its commitment.

Last year, carbon emissions were reduced by a further 3,578 tonnes through energy reduction and the introduction of renewable energy.

The announcement was made as part of the release of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility report, which outlines their achievements in a number of areas, including the environment, the community, colleagues and customers.

East Midlands Airport has also today released its local sustainability investment report, aimed at informing the community of the achievements during 2011/12.

In addition, over the past year, the airport has remained focussed on balancing the need of the surrounding communities, whilst successfully contributing to regional economic growth.

A key focus has been placed upon providing benefits of employment and supporting education for the workforce of the future.

Highlights from the report include:

·        First UK airport to install two on-site wind turbines

·        Achieved the highest UK airport recycling rate of 88%

·        The airport is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

·        The first UK airport to plant an on-site 26 hectare willow farm, producing fuel for a bio-mass boiler to be installed in the terminal building.