Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport (EDI) has published its annual sustainability report for 2021, which included the airport’s COVID-19 community commitment response in addition to zero carbon goals.

The report comes a year after the launch of the airport’s ‘Greater Good strategy’ and measures the progress it has made against four pillars: Trusted Neighbor, Scotland's Best Business, Zero Carbon, and Enhancing Scotland.

Trusted Neighbor

EDI aims to be a “good neighbor” to nearby communities amid progress and advance, and the airport said that a big part of this is through its charity partnerships. 

The airport listed its work with The Larder, a local charity whose aim is to help alleviate poverty by providing transformational learning, and supporting those who are food-insecure

EDI had also listed the various means of fundraising it had initiated to support The Larder like walk challenges and bake sales. The airport also said that it sent unopened and unused items from the airport security for donation. 

Scotland’s Best Business

EDI said that whenever it considers future proposals and developments, it already projects carbon modeling in order to forecast the carbon impact of any given project.

The airport also prioritized investing in the future, saying that its sustainability plans and projects are already sponsored at presentation level, and will come to fruition by the course of 2022.

Zero Carbon

The airport reported that it became carbon neutral for scope 1 and 2 emissions for the first time in 2021. 

The report also shared that one of the airport’s most recent developments was running dozens of its airside vehicles on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a great way to recycle fuel from cooking oil. 

Enhancing Scotland

EDI said that its procurement team had created a Sustainable Supplier Pledge, where it had been evaluating its supplier base and identifying those who are demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

Suppliers who meet the criteria set out in the airport’s pledge are asked to sign up and work in partnership with EDI to make its supply chain more sustainable.

Sasse, the airport’s current provider of soft facilities services, is the first signatory to the pledge. The airport said that Sasse has shown a commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility by implementing low energy equipment, using eco-friendly cleaning products, and introducing biodegradable shrink wrap made from sugar cane.

The airport’s full sustainability report can be viewed here.