This is a fantastic resource for teachers and students of environmental science, environmental and land-based studies, science, general studies and citizenship at GCSE level. Growing Greener Airports resource looks at how East Midlands Airport (EMA) monitors, manages and tries to reduce its impact on the environment.
EMA is a thriving business but it has to balance its needs with consideration for the environment in which it operates. EMA has set itself the target to be carbon neutral by 2012. This means EMA will not emit any carbon emissions through combustion from anything within its control, from fire engines to heating and cooling buildings.
The airport is like a small town. It employs 294 people directly and 6,900 people work for other companies on the airport site. Each year more than 5 million people travel to or from the airport to catch flights, to travel to business meetings, to see friends, to go on holiday in the UK or to return home. So the job of managing the impact the airport has on the environment is complex.