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London Southend Airport commits to carbon neutrality by 2027

London Southend Airport achieves Airport Carbon Accreditation

Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification programme for airports. It independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through a structured programme. 

Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport, “This award reflects the work the airport continues to invest in addressing its environmental impacts. The airport recognises it has an important role to play in protecting the environment whilst creating economic benefits, connectivity and employment opportunities for everyone in Southend and the local area. This is a great first step towards carbon neutrality and another part of our plan to develop a sustainable airport..”

Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE Director General, “Achieving Airport Carbon Accreditation amid the worst crisis ever experienced by the airport sector is both extraordinary and commendable. We all know that we cannot wait for the health crisis to loosen its grip on our industry to address the looming Climate Emergency, at the same time decarbonisation comes at a cost that cannot be absorbed easily in normal circumstances, not to mention the current financial devastation faced by airports across Europe and beyond. London Southend Airport is leading by example in continuing to invest in carbon management and reduction regardless. Hats off to the team that made it possible!” 

In 2019 CO² emissions were 4,724 tCO²e¹ (down from 5,133 in the previous year). This represents a 36% reduction in emissions per unit revenue. Environmental considerations go further than carbon, and a range of measures are in place at the airport to make a positive change, from its own solar farm which powers the terminal, air quality monitors (NO²) around the airport site which consistently remain below Government guidelines (lower in comparison to other monitoring sites in the local area) and zero waste to landfill. 

James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East said: “I would like to congratulate Southend Airport on receiving this award and its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2027. We all know how important the airport is to our local economy and this positive attitude towards protecting the environment will help future-proof our town and create a greener Southend.” 

¹This includes emissions that London Southend Airport is responsible for based on the operational control approach. It includes scope 1 (direct emissions from owned and controlled sources) and scope 2 (indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy) emissions. 

About London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport, ranked the best London airport by consumer group Which? six times and voted the best UK airport (under three million capacity) by the Airport Operator’s Association in 2019. 

Serving close to 2.3 million passengers in 2019, London Southend offered services to around 40 domestic and European cities. The terminal has its own railway station, less than 100 paces from the main entrance, with up to six trains an hour at peak times to central London, taking just 52 minutes to Liverpool Street and 43 minutes from Stratford. All airport car parks are located minutes from the terminal entrance.