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Heathrow scoops top award

Wood fuel specialist LC Energy has helped Heathrow Airport win the award for ‘best contribution to corporate responsibility’ from The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

The award recognises the ‘sustainable results’ associated with a new wood fuel system at Heathrow’s new terminal 2 building. The 10MW CHP system will open later in the year and serve T2 once it opens in 2014. The biomass plant will also provide base heating and electricity to terminal 5.

The system will enable Heathrow to lower carbon emissions at the airport by 13,000 tonnes per annum and reduce the site’s total carbon footprint by 34 percent by 2020.

LC Energy has entered into a 15 year agreement to supply 25,000 tonnes of wood chip per annum sourced from within a 50 mile radius of Heathrow. Ash from the consumed wood fuel will be recycled for reuse on the land.

Heathrow’s procurement manager, Diane 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.”

LC Energy’s managing director, Mark Lebus, added: “We’re ecstatic that the CIPS has recognised the contribution Heathrow has made to corporate responsibility and sustainability and the efforts we’re making to reduce Heathrow’s reliance on ever-decreasing fossil fuels.  We regard this award as testimony to the value of the work we are doing and it demonstrates how a biomass supply chain is a credible and long-term solution to sustainability.” 

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