Cork, Ireland’s fastest growing airport, is to buy 8,000,000kWh of green electricity per annum from Electric Ireland.
This latest investment is part of the airport’s push to grow its business in a sustainable manner. While passenger numbers are expected to increase by over 8% this year, the airport has reduced its energy consumption every year since 2009.
Bill Daly, head of asset care at Cork Airport, said, “This commitment to switch to 100% green electricity forms part of Cork Airport’s overall sustainability strategy. Cork Airport has previously won the SEAI [Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland] Public Sector Sustainable Energy Award and we are currently achieving an annual energy consumption reduction of 48% from a 2006-2009 baseline, independently validated through the SEAI Monitoring and Reporting Programme.
“We are fully committed to developing environmental standards in all areas of our business in order to ensure a safe and efficient airport facility. Switching to 100% green energy is a further endorsement of our sustainability agenda at Cork Airport.”
Cork Airport is committed to responsible energy management and has developed a Carbon Management Plan that promotes energy efficiency throughout the campus and supports other scheduled energy reduction, water conservation and waste reduction initiatives.
The new electricity contract was negotiated through Cork firm Energy Services, Cork Airport and daa Procurement.