Last night (23 November 2015) at the Hilton Metropole in London, Cardiff Airport’s Managing Director, Debra Barber, collected the Environmental Initiative award on behalf of the whole Airport team at the AOA (Airport Operators Association) Dinner & Awards Ceremony, beating Heathrow Airport and Fibresand International to be named the category winner.
This prestigious industry event, which follows the annual UK Aviation Conference, is an important date in the diary for aviation professionals to come together to discuss matters affecting the industry and to mark the successes and key developments of Airports across the UK.
Cardiff Airport submitted a strong award entry this year based on all of its recent environmental achievements including being named a zero waste to landfill organisation; achieving phase two of the BS 8555:2003 Seren Standard accreditation in recognition of the high standards of our environmental management system and making significant improvements in noise abatement and fuel efficiency in partnership with our local community and airlines.
Judges were looking for the demonstration and successful delivery of an initiative or project that has produced environmental benefits, improvement or mitigation. The winner also needed to demonstrate how work in this area contributed to the airport, aligned with the current environmental policy and added value to the business.
Darren Caplan, CEO of the AOA (Airport Operators Association), said: "Many congratulations to Cardiff Airport! It was a very competitive field and Cardiff Airport's submission was very strong. The AOA judges were particularly impressed by the Airport's holistic environmental policy and so this is a thoroughly deserved award. Well done Cardiff!"
Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, added: “I feel incredibly proud of our team. To be recognised by the AOA above one of the UK’s leading Airports for our environmental achievements is a real testament to the commitment of the entire staff. There is a real passion here to go above and beyond regulatory compliance, as a team we’re committed to sustainability and delivering quality, but our work is far from over. Looking ahead, we’re aiming to gain BS 8555 accreditation by 2016 and to progressively reduce our CO2 emissions through the introduction of more energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems.”