Our local environment
Southampton Airport caring for the environment
Aviation contributes 1.5% to total European CO2 emissions, with road at 53%. Despite the small percentage, the industry is developing technology to improve. In the last 40 years the industry has achieved a 70% reduction in fuel burn per passenger, and a 75% reduction in noise.
Our Noise Action Plan was accepted by the Secretary of State for the environment in November 2011.
Source: European Regions Airline Association (ERA)
Our Surface Access Strategy 2012 was accepted by the Southampton Airport Transport Forum on 28th February 2012.
What's happening at Southampton Airport
Flybe operate modern aircraft with lower carbon emissions and noise footprints. The Embraer195 uses 20% less fuel and has a 35% smaller noise footprint compared to the BAe146 (known as 'Whisper Jet'). Flybe is also purchasing 140 Embraer175 aircraft, with lower emissions technology.
Special terminal glazing
Around 33% of the heat from the sun is eliminated, using less energy for air cooling. This is due to its special sunlight reflecting coating.
New air conditioning units
These are around 50% more efficient than before.
Solar powered airfield lighting
Southampton Airport is the first UK airport to install solar powered LED runway safety lighting. They operate 24/7, storing enough energy for 120 days operation. Around 3 tonnes of CO2 is saved a year, the equivalent of an average car travelling 10,000 miles.
LED airport lighting
LED lights are being used in the airport terminal and car parks. CO2 emissions are reduced by around 75%, and the lights can operate for up to 100,000 hours (ten years continuous usage). Lighting controls in the car park also allow un-used lights to be switched off.
Solar powered roundabout
The roundabout next to the terminal building is 100% solar powered. This uses LED's to provide street lighting.
Electric baggage vehicles
Southampton Airport has ten electric baggage vehicles, representing 70% of the fleet. The vehicles completely eliminate CO2 exhaust emissions compared to the diesel trucks they replace and can run for 48 hours.
Public transport initiatives
Southampton was the first UK airport to install real time travel screens, providing live travel updates on bus, ferry, rail and road networks, using internet updates.
A £2 million rail footbridge has been installed by the airport and South West Trains, providing a covered walkway with lift access. This is easier for passengers with luggage, children or reduced mobility. Around 15% of passengers travel to and from the airport by train.