Bristol Airport honoured for sustainability

By Nick Batten on 27 November, 2023

Bristol Airport has won the Sustainable Airport category at this year’s Airport Honour Awards, run by International Airport Review.

At the event on Tuesday 14th November in central London, Bristol Airport beat off competition from airports in three continents to take the accolade for its sustainability strategy, culture and ethos. 

The ceremony was part of the International Airport Summit being held in London, which brought together over 200 airports from over 80 countries, as well as industry leaders and innovators to discuss how to solve the biggest challenges facing the airport sector.

The Sustainable Airport award recognises Bristol Airport’s efforts to achieve net zero operations by 2030. The multi-million-pound investment required to make that target a reality continues, with a new 1.6mw solar array constructed on the Bristol airfield, gas being steadily removed and replaced with heating provided by air source heat pumps, and lighting being upgraded to low-energy LEDs. 

The award also recognised the replacement of diesel vehicles with electric and efforts to increase the numbers of passengers and staff using public transport. The Airport has made staff travel free on the A1 and A3 Flyer bus services and seen sharp increases in the number of people using the services.

Hannah Pollard, Head of Sustainability at Bristol Airport said, “We’re proud to be recognised by the International Airport review and to win this award. It supports our long-term sustainability plans and our aim to take the lead in this area.

“There’s a huge amount still to do, not only as part of our plan to achieve net zero operations by 2030, but to address emissions from road transport accessing the Airport and from flights. Our region is pioneering zero-emissions hydrogen-powered flight and we’re in unique partnerships working to make that a reality.”

Pictured above: James Cox, Hannah Pollard and Whitney Love, from Bristol Airport collecting the award