In-line with our Sustainability Policy Southampton Airport is committed to carbon and waste reduction measures and is at the forefront of UK airport energy reduction technology. The airport purchases 100% renewable power and is Carbon Neutral, offsetting all our own emissions and also those of our business partners plus passenger travel to the site. The airport makes use of solar power in its Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and more than 90% of the airport lighting is LED.
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.
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 and industry.
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.
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 electricity between 2010 and 2016 meant the airport saved over 1 million kWh of electricity and over 650 tons of carbon dioxide. That’s a 24% 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.
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.
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.
Waste and recycling
Southampton Airport does not send its waste to landfill.
In 2016 65% of the waste generated at the airport was 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’ where it is burnt to generate electricity…. Even the ash from this process is recycled and used as an aggregate for processes such as the manufacture of roads.
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 provide up to 10% energy savings whilst improving 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.