Always looking for new ways to supply and create sustainable energy sources, Farnborough Airport made Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) available to its customers in 2021, in support of the decarbonisation of the wider aviation industry,
With the ability to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80%, SAF is a key component of UK Government's Jet Zero strategy. The Government has ambitions to make the UK a thriving SAF producer, bringing with it the creation of thousands of jobs.
For a trial period in the lead up to the globally renowned 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, we became the first Airport in the world to offer SAF at the same price as standard Jet A1 fuel.
Farnborough Airport's SAF is supplied from Neste My Sustainable Aviation Fuel, via fuel provider World Fuel Services. The SAF blend available at the Airport is produced 100% from renewable and sustainable waste and residual raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste.
For more information or to place an order of SAF, please contact our Operations team:
After becoming the first business aviation airport to achieve Carbon Neutral status in 2018, the ambition was to achieve an even higher level of certification.
In 2023, Farnborough Airport became the first business aviation airport and only one of three UK airports to achieve the highest level of carbon accreditation at Level 4+, under the Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme. However, this isn't the end of our journey.
We measure our wider carbon footprint as a basis to identify and plan to actively tackle and reduce our own emissions. Energy efficiency is a key focus, having undertaken a range of projects to monitor energy usage and lower the associated CO2 emissions resulting from the use of electricity, gas and other fuels.
We also work with Carbon Footprint Ltd to support a number of projects to halt deforestation and protect carbon-rich forest landscapes.
We recognise that air pollution is a serious issue and that aircraft noise can be a problem for some in the community. We are therefore committed to maintaining a good quality of air and addressing any noise-related issues.
Our Air Quality and Odour Scheme monitors, records and reports on air quality on a monthly basis, addressing any issues that may occur as a result of our operations.
Monitoring is undertaken at 13 designated locations in and around the Airport using nitrogen dioxide monitoring equipment. Resulting data is assessed in accordance with the Local Air Quality objectives and reported to the local planning authority, Rushmoor Borough Council. Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels recorded by our monitoring stations continue to be compliant with applicable legislation.
Aircraft noise is monitored continually, using an integrated noise and track monitoring system. The track of each movement is recorded, then subject to audit, ensuring compliance with published procedures. We offer a sound insulation scheme, whereby property owners experiencing noise levels of more than 60 decibels can apply for a grant to be used on sound proofing their homes.
Under the noise management programme, aircraft that do not meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Chapter Four standard are not permitted to use the Airport. This is the ICAO's most stringent and quietest aircraft classification. To ensure compliance, we require approved noise certificates before permission can be granted for landing or take off.
Airport noise is assessed through noise contour modelling, using a specialised software package called the Integrated Noise Model (INM). This is undertaken in accordance with Airport planning obligations annually to review noise contours for the previous year and predict for the year ahead. An interim study is also undertaken at the mid-point of each year.
We operate a zero waste to landfill approach. Effectively managing waste recycling is high on our agenda, with collected waste materials reused, recovered and recycled into new products.
Maximising segregation of the waste generated by all Airport tenants and operators, and utilising sustainable waste management practices, is a core component of our waste management approach, as we continue to work closely with waste service providers to ensure waste is separated, transported and disposed in accordance with legislation.
We aim to lead in the protection of the variety of flora, fauna and wildlife at both the Airport and the surrounding wildlife corridors.
Biodiversity is part of what we are, with some areas of the airfield and the surrounding location registered as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We are also home to a part of Cove Brook, a four mile stretch of water and aquatic habitat.
Ecological protection against any potential pollution is provided through the Airport's network of separators, containment tanks and storage capable drainage valves to ensure compliance.
Farnborough Airport regularly reports on its environmental performance in line with legislation and planning requirements.
The following reports are submitted to and published on the Rushmoor Borough Council website:
- Environment Report – Twice annually (July and January)
- IMN Noise Assessment Report – Interim and annual (August and February)
- Performance Monitoring Report - Annual (February)
- Complaints Report – Quarterly (January, April, July and October)
The Farnborough Airport Environment, Sustainability and Energy policies communicate to all our stakeholders our commitment to comprehensive environmental and sustainability management.
Farnborough Airport operates a dedicated reporting line and email address to manage and respond to any feedback that local residents or other interested parties may have. This enables the recording of observations and experiences and allows specific questions to be submitted.
Users of this service should leave appropriate contact details and notify Farnborough Airport of their permission to use the details they provide for onward reporting purposes.
View the Farnborough Airport Complaints Charter
In 2022, Farnborough Airport launched its Roadmap to Net Zero, in which we are committing to achieve Net Zero for all emissions within our direct or indirect control by 2030 or sooner. In doing so, we simultaneously established one of the most ambitious Net Zero goals in the aviation sector, while cementing our commitment to meet UK Government's Net Zero target. By following our Net Zero pathway, it will result in a 91% reduction of these emissions.