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The Future Shapers: Sustainability initiatives to the fore at Glasgow Airport as city hosts COP26

UK. Glasgow Airport operator AGS Airports has created a devoted exhibition space to showcase key sustainability initiatives designed to obtain internet zero carbon neutrality and scale back waste. The exhibition coincides with Glasgow’s internet hosting of the the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 (31 October-12 November), which has drawn world leaders and hundreds of delegates, observers and journalists.

The exhibition and occasions area is positioned in the airport’s landside zone. The space consists of shows from AGS Airports’ shareholders Macquarie and Ferrovial; UK commerce physique Sustainable Aviation; paintings from native colleges; and wind know-how firm Katrick Technologies, which is at present working with Glasgow Airport to assist its transition to internet zero.

The sustainability exhibition space at Glasgow Airport will stay as a legacy area past COP26

Earlier this yr AGS – which additionally operates Aberdeen and Southampton airports – launched its sustainability technique, which as well as to setting out the group’s dedication to reaching internet zero by the mid-2030s, outlined how the group will embed round economic system ideas inside the enterprise.

“When COP26 leaves Glasgow, we will use the exhibition area we have created as a legacy space where we can share the steps on sustainability that we’re taking with our passengers, our airport partners and the local communities we serve” – AGS Airports Head of Group Retail Denise Gilmour

Through the exhibition space, passengers and different guests to Glasgow Airport have the alternative to be taught extra about AGS’s sustainability commitments as effectively as these of business companions together with Boots, Starbucks, World Duty Free (WDF) and Krispy Kreme.

Glasgow Airport promoting companion Global is working a sequence of sustainability-related campaigns for shoppers in digital shows and billboards throughout the journey hub (a digital marketing campaign for Scottish power firm SSE is proven right here)

Dufry-owned WDF has three of its key manufacturers working campaigns in-store throughout COP26. Digital shows have been taken over by Scotch whisky model and distillery Glengoyne to mark a partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Glengoyne was the first distillery to undertake a wetlands facility to handle 100% of its liquid waste and create a house for native wildlife.

Stolynichnaya vodka is working a promotion with WDF whereby for each bottle purchased it can take away the equal of ten plastic bottles from rivers or seas. And Toblerone is internet hosting a marketing campaign dubbed ‘buy one get one tree’, wherein it can plant a tree for each Toblerone purchased.

Sustainability campaigns have been created by retailers and types throughout the airport to coincide with COP26. Besides being prominently displayed in-store, they’ve been built-in into a big consolidated poster in the fundamental airside passenger zone.

Retailers Fashion Place, WHSmith, Discover Glasgow and Victoria’s Secret and Frankie & Benny’s restaurant have additionally just lately launched sustainability initiatives at the airport.

AGS mentioned that it has made encouraging strides working with its retail and catering companions to scale back waste at Glasgow Airport. Food waste from catering retailers is collected and changed into biogas and fertiliser. The biogas is then transformed into electrical energy to energy houses and the fertiliser is utilized by native farms to increase crops.

AGS Airports shareholder Ferrovial just lately introduced that it’ll develop 25 environmentally-friendly vertiports

A partnership between the airport and the Glasgow Cup Movement in the second half of 2019 noticed over 12,500 cups recycled. AGS mentioned that it’s now wanting to reinstate the scheme, as the airport regularly begins to get better from the pandemic.

As reported, different waste discount initiatives at the airport embrace the set up of two ‘reverse vending machines’. The partnership with the airport’s waste administration companion Biffa makes use of the machines to encourage passengers and employees to recycle extra of their cans and bottles.

Glasgow Airport has agreed to donate 5p to an environmentally-themed charity or venture for every bottle or can deposited in the particular machines throughout the four-week trial.

Recycling initiative: Glasgow Airport Sustainability Manager Kirsty Webster (left) with Biffa Corporate Account Manager for Glasgow Airport Michelle Devlin alongside one in every of the reverse merchandising machines 

AGS Airports Head of Group Retail Denise Gilmour informed The Moodie Davitt Report: “We really launched our Sustainability Planning Group in January 2020, following a workshop held with all our retail companions in December 2019, the place we agreed phrases of reference, agenda and initiatives to go after, however sadly COVID interrupted our progress.

“One of the initial outputs of the group included a sustainability training pack being pulled together and issued to all of the retailers to use with their teams.”

On the launch of the exhibition area, she mentioned: “The eyes of the world are firmly on Glasgow as the world leaders and delegates gather to hopefully agree a global response to what is a truly global challenge. At AGS, we wanted to share the steps we’re taking to play our part in securing a more sustainable future together with our partners. This is why we felt it important to create this space.”

Ineos is promoting its sustainability credentials in an airport promoting marketing campaign, whereas additionally displaying this hydrogen automobile

Gilmour praised AGS airport promoting companion Global for its position in the sustainability focus. “Global have done a phenomenal job filling the airport with the most amazing and creative campaigns from a variety of companies who want to highlight sustainability, including Ineos, who have brought a hydrogen car to display at the airport,” she commented.

Scottish artist Gerard M. Burns with a few of his creations on present at the airport throughout COP26

Renowned Scottish artist Gerard M. Burns is displaying two items of labor at the airport, created particularly for COP26. A strong portray entitled Our Future options six youngsters from a major college in Glasgow’s East End and hangs subsequent to a second piece of labor entitled All Our Fears.

Gilmour commented: “It’s always been important to us that we create a Sense of Place, which is the reason we’re working with the brilliant Scottish artist Gerard M. Burns. When COP26 leaves Glasgow we will use the exhibition area we have created as a legacy space where we can share the steps on sustainability that we’re taking with our passengers, our airport partners and the local communities we serve.”

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