The SEAI 2021 Annual Report has ranked Cork Airport as the best performer in energy savings among commercial state bodies. Photo: Janice O’Connell

In flying form with new ranking

Cork Airport has been commended for improving its energy efficiency.

It’s been ranked as the best performing commercial state body in Ireland for energy savings, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Annual Report 2021 on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance.

In 2020, the airport improved its energy efficiency through a range of energy management practices including a retrofit of the car park and airport campus lighting systems to a new LED lighting system.

Those at Cork Airport said it has been consistent in its commitment to energy efficiency and has reduced its energy consumption year on year since 2007 while also adding it has a strong foundation in energy management, having previously won first place in the Public Sector category at the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards in 2014.

Cork Airport said it will undertake further capital investment in this arena in 2022 with the construction of a new electrical substation, which follows the airside electrical renewal and runway reconstruction completed in 2021.

This sub-station will bring further improvements to the energy related infrastructure at Cork Airport.

Deirdre Livingstone, Head of Safety and Sustainability at Cork Airport, said: “Sustainability, energy efficiency and decarbonisation are a real focus for us at Cork Airport and we are planning for further initiatives in our 2022-2026 strategy period, to meet and exceed the Government decarbonisation targets.”