Sustainability is important to us, and you'll be impressed with what we're planning for Airport City. It has been designed to deliver long-term sustainability from the very beginning. In line with our commitment to becoming carbon neutral in our energy use by 2015, the project team is committed to meet and exceed environmental standards of design and construction wherever possible.
Carbon neutral goal
We announced in 2006 that the operation of our four airports - Manchester, East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside, would be carbon neutral for 2015.
Our carbon neutral commitment relates to those operations under our direct control, such as buildings, the ground support vehicles we operate and our service partner emissions.
What's more, since April 2008, we have been sourcing up to 30% of our electricity supply from renewable sources and internal initiatives are already looking at reducing the amount of energy we use across our four sites. Planning permission on four turbines has been received at East Midlands airport with up to 10% of the airport's electricity usage to be generated by the turbines and wind turbine trials are underway at Manchester.
Additionally, Manchester Airport Developments Ltd (MADL), the property development arm of the business, is now asking designers to look at ways of generating their own power sources through ground source heat pumps, biomass, solar energy or wind turbines.