Heathrow Airport and LC Energy are national winners for Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility
LC Energy, a leading specialist in sustainable wood fuel supply, has helped Heathrow Airport Limited secure a prestigious award for ‘Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility’ from The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). This is a global organisation dedicated to promoting best practices in procurement and supply. The shortlist included Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy, The FA Group and LOCOG.
The award recognises ‘the highly measurable and sustainable results” associated with a state of the art wood fuel energy system at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 development. The 10MW Combined Heating and Power (CHP) system – the largest ‘own use’ renewable energy installation in the UK – will open later this year. Prior to serving T2, due to open in Spring 2014, the biomass energy plant will provide base heating and power to Terminal 5.
The wood fuel process will enable Heathrow to reduce CO2 emissions at the airport by at least 13,000 tonnes each year, compared with producing the same output from natural gas. The aim is to reduce Heathrow’s carbon footprint by 34 per cent by 2020.
To ensure sustainability of the wood chip power and bring life to under-managed woodlands in the South East of England, Heathrow has entered into a 15-year wood fuel supply contract with leading wood chip provider, LC Energy.
Heathrow’s senior procurement manager, Dianne Sanders said: “The CIPS award for CSR demonstrates that we take sustainability extremely seriously. The tender process sought to achieve a sustainable end to end supply chain for the wood fuel and LC Energy was awarded the contract based on their focus on sustainability, innovation and proven ability to work on large projects. This is a very exciting contract delivering sustainable benefits to the local community as well as Heathrow.”