We operate and maintain the energy distribution infrastructure at London's five main airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stansted and Luton.
The UK’s airports are some of the busiest in the world. Each year more than 268 million passengers fly in or out of UK airports and London’s six airports alone have in excess of a million aircraft movements.
Airports must provide services to passengers transiting through their terminals, the airlines, businesses and on-site retailers who all require electricity to provide their services and complete their journeys.
Ensuring resilience and security
Strict schedules keep passengers moving and any interruption to these schedules caused by interruptions to electricity supply can have far-reaching effects across the globe.
Any reduction in electricity supply can cause major disruption to baggage systems, passenger transport systems and IT that can have the potential to have an effect for several weeks.
Airports must have adequate infrastructure resilience and energy strategies to minimise the risk of any electricity outages, while achieving emissions targets and keeping a downward pressure on costs.
Managing energy costs
Airports are looking to reduce their energy consumption year-on-year whilst also and will do this through on-site renewable generation and battery storage, replacing lighting with LEDs and keeping energy consumption low as the expectations of customers, retailers and airlines are increasing.
Reducing carbon emissions
Sustainability is particularly important for airports, with many having ambitious targets for carbon reduction. Many have introduced electric vehicles into their airside fleets and are offering electric vehicle charging services to their customers across their car parks and to public transport operators.
New technologies, such as electric vehicle charging and energy storage, and on-site generation will enable airports to achieve carbon emission and environmental targets.