Carbon cuts take off at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport expects to save more than £1m a year following an upgrade of its air conditioning system at Terminal 5. The work was carried out by air filter manufacturer […]

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By John Litchfield

Heathrow Airport expects to save more than £1m a year following an upgrade of its air conditioning system at Terminal 5.

The work was carried out by air filter manufacturer Vokes-Air Group and has resulted in a reduction in both energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The cost of fully replacing the existing equipment in Terminal 5 will run to about £300-400,000, meaning the cost of installation can be recouped within three to four months.

The new equipment will contribute towards Terminal 5 meeting its target to reduce annual carbon usage by 34% from 1990’s figures by 2020.

Heathrow’s energy manager James Brittain said: “We are rolling out this technology across the airport and forecast this will save upwards of £1m and 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year if performance is maintained.”