Environmental solutions for airports and FBOs

There is an increasing focus on the environmental impact of airports infrastructure and facilities - how passengers are handled and transported, plus how aircraft are serviced and handled whilst at the airport.

Air BP will work with you to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and develop innovative solutions to reduce your carbon footprint, supply alternative fuels and neutralise emissions.

Lower carbon refuelling operations

Air BP is introducing new fuel efficient vehicles and optimizing fuel supply installations at our operations globally.  Air BP offer consultancy on refuelling technologies that have a minimal environmental impact.  Implementing green refuelling operations:
  • Demonstrates commitment to your customers/stakeholders.
  • Ensures compliance with your local legislation and your sustainability plan.
  • Provides financial savings due to lower energy consumption.

Lower carbon refuelling operations - waste management

Constructed wetlands

Constructed wetlands can effectively treat oil, grease and industrial wastewater. Wetlands are functional in climates ranging from desert to arctic conditions. With low installation and operating costs, the systems are essentially self-sustaining with stable performances over the long term (into decades).  

Benefits include:
  • Decreased emissions and waste production.
  • Green and sustainable.
  • Creates ecological habitats.

Magna-strain

The Magna-strain is an in-line magnetic filter that strips out ferrous material within pipelines.  

Benefits include:
  • Waste reduction – lower filter element consumption downstream (e.g. microfilters and coalescers).
  • Reduced environmental footprint – lower used element disposal costs.
  • Reduced equipment wear – caused by particulates (e.g. control valves, pumps).

Lower carbon refuelling operations - vehicles

Stop-start technology

Stop-start technology allows automatic switching on/off of the vehicle’s engine when the vehicle is not in motion. This technology is already in place for modern road vehicles to improve fuel consumption by automatically switching the engine off when the vehicle stops (e.g. at a traffic light). Aviation fuelling vehicle manufacturers have applied this principle to aviation fuel hydrant operations. This technology can easily be implemented on hydrant dispensers. For hydrant dispensers, the engine is shut off during refuelling. The system constantly monitors power demands such that during high power demand activities such as platform lift, inlet hose lifts, interlock system and lighting, the system will automatically switch the engine on to ensure there’s sufficient power to support operations.  

Benefits include:
  • Reduced carbon emissions.
  • Reduction in exhaust fumes and heat source from engine.
  • Reduced fuel consumption.
  • Lower cost of operations.

Electric vehicles

Air BP has over 10 years experience in the use of electric powered vehicles and can help you with your alternative energy refuelling transport methods. The goal is to reduce emissions, be cost effective and add value.  

Benefits include:
  • 100% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions at airport level.
  • 75% less fuel costs than a diesel engine.
  • 65%* overall CO2 reduction, including emissions from the generation of electricity used to charge the batteries.
  • Over 93% of lead, plastic and acid in batteries is recycled at the end of the batteries’ lives.
*Subject to power production methods at location

Lower carbon refuelling operations - infrastructure

Construction materials

During the construction of facilities, alternative materials have been identified which have greener attributes than traditional construction materials.
  • Rubberized asphalt concrete – a paving material made by blending ground-up recycled tyres with asphalt to produce a binder which is then mixed with conventional aggregate materials. This mix is then placed and compacted into a road surface.
  • Fly ash concrete – a by-product of burning coal in an electrical generating station which can be used with cement for the creation of concrete. This is a lower cost option than using 100% traditional cement and has benefits of using by product material.
  • Recycled aggregates – protects natural resources eliminates the need for disposal of existing concrete, which is crushed and recycled to make new concrete.
Benefits include:
  • Eco option preventing waste going to landfill
  • Improved project economics

Variable speed drives

A flow switch is a device for sensing the flow rate within a piping system and switches the pump off after time if no flow is detected. Air BP has installed flow switches across its network to increase efficiency and prevent pump overruns, reducing energy consumption and the risk of fire.

Benefits include:
  • Reduces energy consumption
  • Cheap and easy to install
  • Eliminates the risk of fire through pump overheating

Flow switches

A flow switch is a device for sensing the flow rate within a piping system and  switches the pump off after time if no flow is detected. Air BP has installed flow switches across its network to increase efficiency and prevent pump overruns, reducing energy consumption and the risk of fire.

BP Biojet

For the aviation industry, biojet is the only alternative to jet fuel. To date, over 20 airlines have conducted biojet flights.  And demand is expected to grow fast as the price differential to regular jet fuel continues to decrease.

Biojet is a jet fuel made from sustainable material (waste, hydrogenated vegetable oil etc) which reduces the amount of oil we consume and produces lower cycle CO2 emissions. A 100% biofuel mix provides a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Biojet blended with regular fuel is approved for use in jet engines. No technical change to aircraft required.

Air BP markets an approved biojet fuel and is currently leading the way at Oslo Airport where Air BP and Avinor (airport operator) supply BP Biojet in the hydrant system as part of normal operations.

Benefits

  • Provides marketing value – increased customer loyalty.
  • Demonstrates commitment to IATA to support carbon neutral growth.
  • Provides a differentiated product to encourage flyers and passengers to visit your airport.

Unleaded Avgas

Following the 1990 Clean Air Act in the US the aviation industry has pursued a technical programme to develop an unleaded Avgas. This has covered research by individual companies and joint activity within the Coordinating Research Council (CRC)/ASTM International and has resulted in the development of numerous unleaded formulations. However, performance piston engines have been developed to rely on the lead additive (TEL) and therefore the transition to a high octane unleaded fuel is technically challenging. Currently no formulation can be used by all Avgas aircraft.

It is expected that leaded Avgas will be systematically replaced across the world due to:
  • Equivalent environmental legislation elsewhere globally.
  • Increased cost of TEL manufacture.
  • Operational benefits of cleaner engines and increased times between overhaul.
Air BP continue to be involved in the formulation development, testing and supply of unleaded alternatives as the industry works towards a long-term solution.

Voluntary carbon offsetting

BP Target Neutral offers a best-in-class carbon management and offsetting programme allowing you to calculate your carbon emissions using our carbon footprint calculator and offset them through a range of environmental projects.

Benefits

  • Offers you the tools to reduce your emissions and support your reputation.
  • Offers you a tailored suite of best-in-class environmental projects that enable you to build community and stakeholder support.
  • Cost effective carbon offsetting.
  • Allows you to visit the projects that you support through your offsets.