Birmingham Airport awarded grant to electrify landside shuttles

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Birmingham Airport, UK, has been awarded £1.4m (US$1.8m) from the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) as part of the UK government’s Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme.

The funding awarded will support the electrification of the airport’s landside bus fleet with ultra-low emission buses operating as a passenger transportation service on all of the airport car park routes.

The grant will partly fund the purchase of electric buses as well as the installation of dedicated bus charging infrastructure. The remaining investment, to achieve this infrastructure, will be made by Birmingham Airport.

Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport, said, “Since 2012, the airport has reduced its CO₂ per passenger by 20%. This funding will support us in working toward lowering our CO₂ per passenger even further which is just fantastic.

“We have made significant customer service improvements across the airport to increase capacity and improve passenger experience, with the vision of positioning Birmingham as Europe’s leading airport. The electric buses form part of this vision, not to mention their sustainability benefits being ultra-low emission,” he said.

The airport is advanced in negotiations with a bus manufacturer and aims to have the necessary infrastructure works undertaken to commence the fully electric bus service in autumn 2019.

Want to know more about how airports can reduce their emissions? Check out the ‘Environment & Sustainability stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London.

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