Heathrow energy use in focus this Earth Day
Today is Earth Day and to celebrate we’re taking a look at Heathrow energy use – everything from light bulbs to escalators – and how we’re working to reduce our consumption! We’ve caught up with Heathrow’s Kevin Denney who, as our Engineering Utilities Manager, has the job of managing energy consumption at the airport!
What is your role at Heathrow?
As a Utility Manager I am responsible for managing Heathrow’s Energy Consumption with particular focus on improving performance through investment in new energy efficient technology.
I advise on all energy related issues at Heathrow and collaborate with colleagues to identify and deliver energy improvements through planned maintenance and other activities.
A typical day includes surveying the Airport Infrastructure to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption. We then develop and deliver energy reduction projects through our Airport Suppliers and Contractors.
I have worked in the field of energy management for over 30 years with the last 5 years at Heathrow.
What projects are in place to reduce energy use at Heathrow?
We’ve reduced carbon emissions from energy used in our buildings by 19% since 1990 whilst growing the airport and increasing passenger numbers.
Since 2012, we have cut our electricity consumption (cumulative) by 70GWh.
This has been achieved through a whole host of projects, including:
- A huge two-year LED programme has replaced over 70,000 lights across the Airport.
- The inclusion of a sophisticated lighting control system in T2 that minimises energy use by switching off LED lights when parts of the building are not in use or in bright daylight;
- Our baggage energy optimisation project enhances efficiency, saves energy and reduces operating costs by switching off areas of the system while they’re not in use;
- Escalators, Travelators and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems have been reconfigured to operate only on demand to maximise energy efficiency.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
What I enjoy most about working at Heathrow is being empowered to use my skills, experience and judgement to transform the appearance of the Airport.
This is complemented by Heathrow’s commitment towards a massive LED Lighting Investment Programme that continues to improve the passenger experience whilst at the same time reducing our energy consumption and environmental impact.
Biomass boilers, 3rd party engagement and other plans in the pipeline….
While we’ve already made big strides in reducing our energy consumption – there’s still a lot more to do. We’ve seen with the construction of the innovative Terminal 2 that through a mixture of innovative design and new technology we can continue to make improvements.
Terminal 2 | The Queen’s Terminal features the world’s first BREEAM (Building Research Establisment Environmental Assessment Methodology) certified satellite terminal (T2B) for it’s sustainable design.
Over 90% of waste from the demolition of the original Terminal 2 was recycled during its construction and the new terminal now features a striking roofing design that maximises natural light, as well as its own Biomass Boiler to supply energy.
The Biomass Boiler plant provides an on-site source of zero carbon electricity, heating and cooling for the Terminal through the burning of locally sourced wood chips.
Moving forward, we’re working with airline, cargo and retail companies that operate at the airport to help them reduce their own energy consumption.
Find out more Heathrow’s sustainability initiatives: