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Glasgow Airport understands the importance of effectively managing our environmental and social impacts. We believe that the airport environment is similar to that of a small town and in our role as operator, we have a responsibility to provide leadership across the campus and encourage participation and progress in sustainability initiatives. Our sustainability strategy sets out the framework for reducing the carbon footprint of our operations.

Glasgow Airport 2020 sustainability policy  (185KB PDF)

We recognise that the forecast growth of the aviation sector has the potential to cause environmental impacts at both global and local levels.  Our Decade for Change plan describes these impacts in detail and sets targets across a number of key areas which will be important in meeting our sustainability strategy commitments; these include:

  • Carbon reduction and climate change
  • Water consumption and water quality
  • Waste minimisation and recycling
  • Air quality
  • Noise
  • Biodiversity

Through our Managing Responsibly System, we will identify and manage our environmental impacts.  We will maintain our independent certification to the environmental management standard ISO 14001 and aim to reduce the scale and nature of our environmental impacts wherever possible.

Carbon Footprint

Glasgow Airport believes in transparency and openness in sustainability issues. On an annual basis, we will produce a Carbon Footprint report which will provide a comprehensive breakdown of the carbon emissions associated with operations at the airport.

We actively work to reduce our impact on climate change by continuously looking for ways that can further reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout our processes. We work with our business partners across site to ensure that together we work effectively to reduce emissions. As a result of these actions, and our Carbon Management Plan, we have achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2. We plan to continue this process, applying for Level 3+, the highest level achievable, in 2022. In 2020 we have become Carbon Neutral, in line with the British Standard Institute’s PAS 2060 accreditation. We are committed to maintaining our carbon neutrality status going forward and will continuously reduce our emissions on our road to Net Zero emissions in 2045. You can find a copy of our Qualifying Explanatory Statement here.

2019 Carbon Footprint Report (235KB PDF)

Consumer Feedback

Glasgow Airport welcomes your feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our sustainability performance.

Please contact us at glasgowenvironment@glasgowairport.com