An agreement between Heathrow Airport and French multinational electric utility company ENGIE has been announced, to facilitate the replacement of natural gas with green biomethane, according to International Airport Review.
The biomethane will be sourced from anaerobic digestion and utilised across all of Heathrow’s terminals until March 2022. The benefits of green biomethane include a reduction in carbon emissions and support for wildlife at anaerobic digestion sites.
Should requirements exceed the estimated consumption, there is an option to purchase additional biomethane.
Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Director of Sustainability, said: “The UK aviation industry has made a firm commitment to get to net-zero by 2050, at the very latest. On our journey to rapidly decarbonise every aspect of the industry, we are proud to be partnering with ENGIE to significantly remove carbon from our gas supply, a move that has also helped us to gain carbon-neutral status.”
The green gas is fully certified under the Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGOs) Scheme as being wholly sourced from anaerobic digestion, all within the UK. Heathrow’s grid will be supplied by several producers, which will deliver many benefits to the airport and the surrounding environment.
With the biomethane being produced within the UK, the agreement between the companies will also support UK energy resilience with accredited and traceable guarantees of origin and reduce Heathrow’s reliance on traditional market routes for energy sourcing.
Kevin Dibble, Divisional CEO for Energy Supply at ENGIE UK & Ireland, added: “We are delighted to be using our expertise in supporting Heathrow Airport’s ongoing drive to reduce environmental impact. This demonstrates our commitment to working with our customers to achieve their sustainability goals and help them transition to a lower-carbon future.”
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