Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine, has today welcomed the announcement of over €4.3 million in funding for Shannon Airport, under the Regional Airports Programme 2022 by Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport.
Shannon Airport €4.3m funding announced
Commenting on the announcement Ms Considine said: “The funding for Shannon Airport announced today by Minister Naughton is a very welcome support as we continue to manage our recovery. It will enable the airport to invest in vital infrastructure and rebuild in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While we have made good strides in restoring air services at Shannon with 26 services to 11 destinations for summer 2022 secured, there is still a challenging few years ahead for the aviation sector. We are grateful for this Government support and will use it to continue to fund vital improvements to our airport infrastructure.
“Throughout the pandemic we have endeavoured to improve our airport and make the passenger experience more enjoyable and easier. We were the first state airport to install technology which allowed us remove the 100ml rule on liquids in cabin bags, and we are committed to looking at further innovations across our Shannon Campus.”
Global Recognised Accreditation for Tackling Carbon Emissions
Shannon Airport joins over 200 European airports engaged in one of six available certification levels of the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
The programme is a voluntary carbon management certification standard for airports, that independently assesses and certifies airports for their efforts in managing and reducing their carbon emissions.
Having previously become a signatory on the ACI net zero 2050 pledge, the airport now joins 79 other accredited airports in 15 countries that have been certified for Level 1 – Mapping of the carbon accreditation programme.
The award follows the airport signing up to the groundbreaking Toulouse Declaration in February of this year, which marked the first time that European Governments, the European Commission, industry, unions, and other key stakeholders formally aligned on aviation decarbonisation. Welcoming the accreditation Sinéad Murphy, Head of Sustainability at Shannon Group said: “We are delighted to receive accreditation under ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. We have already implemented numerous energy saving initiatives that ensured we exceeded our 2020 public sector energy efficiency targets.
“As well as an energy efficient LED upgrade of all our external lighting systems and the near completion of an internal lighting upgrade, we have installed multiple energy meters across our terminal buildings which allows us to actively manage our energy consumption through an energy management hub. In addition, we are planning to roll out Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across the Shannon Campus in a bid to help reduce carbon emissions.”