One Destination Carbon Fund
Customers can join British Airways in acting on climate change by donating towards community renewable energy projects in the United Kingdom. Donations help to save carbon emissions and make a very real difference to communities across the UK.
The latest project at Camelford in Cornwall, pictured above, saw intallation of a low-carbon biomass boiler that will cut energy bills, save carbon emissions and help to sustain the local leisure centre.
The funds are managed by PURE, a not-for-profit charity, using the UK Carbon Reporting Framework. The money that customers donate is used to fund a range of projects, for example, helping install solar hot water in community swimming pools, small scale wind turbines for schools or energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting.
Carbon Fund Projects
Biomass boiler at Camelford Leisure Centre, Camelford, Cornwall
British Airways customers have supported intallation of a low-carbon biomass boiler at the Camelford Leisure Centre in Cornwall in July 2013. The boiler uses locally produced wood from Cornwall to heat both the pool and the leisure centre, and will reduce energy cost by 40%.
Solar hot water system at Fenham Swimming Pool, Newcastle
Following the closure of Fenham Swimming Pool, in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003, local people formed a charity and reopened the community managed pool in July 2005.
By using renewable solar energy to heat the water the pool will reduce its energy costs and cut its carbon emissions making it both more environmentally and economically sustainable.
Solar panels at Osprey Leisure Centre, Weymouth
British Airways customers have funded a 10kW solar array to produce renewable electricity for the centre.
South Dorset Community Sports Trust took over the former Naval sports centre to provide sports facilities for their local community.
Nigel Williams, the sport centre’s manager commented, “We are very grateful for the contribution made by British Airways’ customers towards the installation of our solar panels. A third of our income from customers is spent on utilities, so this will make such a difference.”
French Grenelle Emissions Reporting
For those passengers flying into or out of France, your carbon emissions are available at http://www2.icao.int/en/carbonoffset/pages/default.aspx
Note that the calculator does not include emissions from the extraction and refining of aviation fuel whch adds approaximately 20% to the emissions.