Our local environment

In-line with our Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment Policies (available on request) Southampton Airport is committed to CO2 and waste reduction measures and is at the forefront of UK airport energy reduction technology. The airport uses solar power as well as Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and more than 80% of the airport lighting uses LED alternatives.

Environment management

In August 2015 Southampton Airport received certification to ISO14001:2004 which is an international standard for environmental management. ISO14001 was developed by leading trade and standards bodies and is independently audited. This standard demonstrates that Southampton Airport has a management system in place to reduce negative impacts on the environment and manage its activities in-line with recognised international best practice.

LED lighting

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Southampton Airport was the first UK airport to use LED lighting on aircraft stands. This ground-breaking project paved the way for other energy-efficient LED and solar power lighting projects across the airport.

Terminal and car park

LED lights are being used in the airport terminal and car parks. The lights can operate for up to 100,000 hours (ten years) continuous usage, reducing energy consumption, maintenance costs and carbon emissions. Lighting controls in the car park also allow un-used lights to be switched off when they aren’t required.

Big savings

In 2013 the airport cut its electricity use by more than 10% compared to 2012 through the use of LED technology. In the same year the Airport saved over 680,000kWh and 370 tons of CO2 emissions – that’s the same as supplying enough energy to power 208 average UK homes and enough gas to fill 67 hot air balloons!

The reduction in energy between 2010 and 2013 meant the airport saved over 1.1 million kWh of electricity and 650 tons of carbon dioxide. That’s a 22% reduction throughout the campus.

Savings continue to roll in through the intelligent use of our Building Management System (BMS) which controls the lighting, heating and cooling based on a number of environmental and local factors such as outside lighting levels, temperature, wind speed/direction, occupancy levels etc.

Solar power

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Southampton Airport was 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 per year, the equivalent of an average car travelling 10,000 miles.

Pedestrian crossing

The installation of a solar powered belisha beacon pedestrian crossing is thought to be another UK airport first. The lights provide energy efficient warning lights 24/7.

Roundabout lighting

The lighting on the roundabout next to the terminal building uses 100% solar power and uses energy efficient LEDs to provide street lighting.

Waste and recycling

Southampton Airport does not use landfill for its general waste.

More than 60% of the waste generated at the airport is recovered as recycling – that’s more than 300 tons of paper, cardboard, plastics, metal and waste electrical equipment. The remaining waste is diverted from landfill and sent to a local ‘waste to energy recovery facility’ instead where it is used to generate electricity…. Even the ash from this process is recycled and used in the manufacture of roads.

Flybe aircraft

Some descriptionIn 2013 Flybe introduced ‘engine idle’ taxiing, where only one engine is used to maneuver the aircraft to and from the stands after landing. This has several environment benefits by reducing air quality pollution, ground noise and carbon dioxide emissions as well as reducing fuel burn and costs.




Terminal heating boilers

In 2013 the airport invested in 2 energy efficient gas-fired boilers to provide heating in the terminal building. The new boilers are expected to provide up to 10% energy savings whilst maintaining comfort levels for passengers.

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 links the airport and Southampton Airport Parkway railway station, providing passengers with easy access to and from the railway station to the airport. Around 15% of passengers travel to and from the airport by train.