About East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport is the UK’s primary pure freight airport, supporting some of the UK’s biggest manufacturing and retail brands, as well as transporting over 5 million passengers each year.
In 2006 the airport published its master plan, including a target of supplying all of the airport’s primary energy needs through renewable energy by 2012.
In the last ten years, East Midlands have invested £3m in environmental initiatives, from emission control to waste and surface water management, and has won several industry awards for its environmental friendly approach.
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About the Project
Wind Direct are proud to be involved in this groundbreaking project to construct the first commercial scale wind turbines on a UK airport.
The four 45m-high turbines will be located in an area away from traffic control and at least 800m from the nearest residential properties and are expected to generate 10% of the Airport’s energy requirements*.
As part of the feasibility stage, the Airport sought the expert advice of world leading safety assessment company Qinetiq as well as the Civil Aviation Authority, in order to approve the relevant safety measures required ahead of planning.
The airport is using its permitted development powers for the development , with commercial negotiations currently underway.
Penny Coates, East Midlands Airport Managing Director said: “The four turbines are a step closer to delivering on the promise we made in our Master Plan. In addition to the four wind turbines, we have increased the proportion of energy that comes from renewable sources and introduced a number of environmental measures such as our ‘green pier’ to reduce the impact on the environment. The turbines are another very substantial investment in environmental management by the Airport.”
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