Airport and Orsted to create green aviation template
Edinburgh Airport aims to embrace new technologies (pic: Terry Murden)
Edinburgh Airport and renewable energy company Ørsted have agreed a net zero strategy that they hope will become a template for the global aviation sector.
They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to decarbonise the airport and rapidly accelerate the shift to sustainable air travel.
They will embrace green technologies, including the use of hydrogen fuels produced at scale from offshore wind farms.
The MOU has been inspired by the Green Fuels for Denmark project in which Ørsted, Copenhagen airport, SAS airline, Maersk and others are working together to create a renewable hydrogen hub to decarbonise transport, air-travel and shipping.
The project unites leading Danish companies to develop industrial-scale production and off take of renewable hydrogen and sustainable e-fuels for road, maritime and air transport.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “The aviation industry realises the part it plays in emissions and the need to move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.
“We have made huge advances in technology and we want to continue to innovate and ensure aviation’s future is one that is decarbonised and contributes positively to our economy and Scotland’s net zero ambitions.
“Although aviation emissions derive in the main from aircraft in flight, we can play our part within our estate and fuel for aircraft at Edinburgh and we are confident this exciting partnership will help us on our way to a sustainable travel future and see Edinburgh Airport helping to develop and support sustainable fuels and their use.”