Newcastle Airport Sustainability

Newcastle Airport Celebrates Progress on Sustainability Goals

Newcastle Airport has announced it has made strong progress on its key sustainability and social objectives over the past 12 months

Having set stretching targets in early 2023 within its first Corporate Sustainability Report, today marks the publication of the company’s second CSR Report.

Committed to being a responsible business and a good neighbour, the Airport set a number of stretching targets for the year 2023 to assist it in meeting its Net Zero Carbon 2035 and CSR-related goals.

Newcastle Airport Sustainability

Newcastle Airport and its Sustainability Goals

  • The Airport achieved a 31% reduction in its carbon emissions, surpassing its target by 6%. It has also continued to invest in the rollout of a fully electric vehicle fleet, with 17 new electric vehicles being brought into service across the Airport in 2023 Completion of phase 1 of the Airport’s solar farm project; Launched in March 2023, phase 1 of the solar farm is capable of providing 100% of the Airport’s electricity requirements on a sunny day and has saved almost 400 tonnes of CO 2 being released into the atmosphere
  • Through the planting of 40,000m 2 of hedgerows, a 34% increase in biodiversity has been attained, surpassing the 2023 target by 24%
  • The Airport continued to invest in its electric vehicle fleet, adding 17 new vehicles during 2023
  • The Airport achieved its target of Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3 status, the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification programme for airports. The Airport also gained ‘Sustainability Sector Leader’ status and was 3 in the world amongst participating airports in the GRESB assessment – an annual benchmark of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) data of over 2,000 real estate and infrastructure assets worldwide.
  • The Airport continued to support its official charity partners through various fundraising activities: the Newcastle United Foundation, the SAFC Foundation of Light and the MFC Foundation during 2023. Airport employees also undertook various volunteering activities – including planting trees, bulbs and litter-picking
  • The company’s strong focus on equality, diversity and inclusion continued throughout 2023, with an EDI action plan being delivered. This resulted in EDI training for all employees, a newly formed EDI Forum consisting of members from across the business and a Women’s Leadership Forum, specifically focusing on women’s development within the organisation

Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle Airport said:

“This year’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report highlights the fantastic work that has been going on.

“From community volunteering and the planting of wildflower meadows. To continue to invest in our electric vehicle fleet. And rolling out innovative new recycling schemes. I am proud of the commitment and passion demonstrated by all our colleagues in relation to CSR.

“We don’t want to stop here. We have set ourselves another set of ambitious targets for 2024. This includes working with our airline partners to encourage the use of sustainable aviation fuels. Plus, planting over 15,000 trees on Airport land and undertaking feasibility studies on a number of pioneering projects. All to further decarbonise our operations – and I am confident that by working together we will achieve our goals.”

Graeme Ferguson, Head of Airports – Europe at InfraBridge said:

“This year’s CSR Report highlights the significant progress Newcastle Airport continues to make toward its ambitious sustainability goals.

“InfraBridge is a proud supporter of Newcastle Airport’s commitment to these initiatives and its work in the community. We are particularly proud of their effort to plant over 43,000 trees to date on and around the airport.”

Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said:

“The importance of the Airport to the region is undeniable. It is a major employer, generates millions of pounds for the local economy, and attracts inbound tourism.

“It’s fantastic to see it taking its environmental and social responsibilities seriously. The Airport’s commitment to becoming net zero by the year 2035 aligns with our collective ambitions to be low carbon region. Working together, we can bring about positive change.”

The Airport has recently invested over £20million in the passenger experience ahead of the summer 2024 season. This includes the redevelopment of the security search area. As well as refurbishment of all of the catering outlets in the departure lounge.

This year passengers can choose to travel with 16 airline partners to over 80 direct destinations. Plus, passengers can take advantage of one-stop connections to hundreds more destinations across the globe. Several flights a day serve worldwide hubs, including Dubai, Amsterdam, London Heathrow, and Paris.

The Airport’s 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility Report is online here.