UK Airport Operator Pens Green Energy Deal
Airport operator BAA says it has signed a deal with PowerGen to supply its electricity requirements for its four south-east airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton.
A BAA spokesman said it was playing its part in tackling climate change by reaching the deal with one of the UK's largest suppliers of renewable energy.
"By committing to taking 5% of its energy from renewable resources by 2003, BAA will match the Government's UK-wide target to reduce emissions," the spokesman said.
"With this contract, BAA takes a major step in achieving its renewable energy target of 10% by 2010, as part of its commitment to the sustainable development of its airports."
The spokesman added that Southampton Airport and a number of sites at Heathrow would purchase green energy initially.
In the year from October, 2000, to September, 2001, BAA will purchase enough renewable energy to power 2,500 average semi-detached houses. In addition, the introduction of renewable energy will reduce CO2 emissions by 6,000 tonnes each year compared with the energy produced from fossil fuel generation.
Mike Roberts, BAA's group technical director, said: "We believe we are unique in the UK in having written into our company mission statement our commitment to grow with the support and trust of our neighbours and to set challenging environmental targets for the sustainable development of our airports.
"Among our many targets is a reduction in CO2 emissions of 60% per passenger on 1990 levels by 2010, which includes 10% renewable energy by 2010 across our seven UK airports. The contract with PowerGen is a major step to meeting the targets set for renewable energy."
John Blackhall, PowerGen's director of corporate clients, said: "We will be working with BAA to share our considerable experience in renewable energy, which has been acquired through the development of our joint venture Powergen Renewables and through our contracted portfolio with a wide range of green energy producers."
PowerGen was among the first companies to achieve green energy accreditation from the Energy Saving Trust.
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