Thomson Airways – energy efficiency case study

Thomson Airways is the World’s largest charter airline and the third largest carrier in the UK, with almost 11 million passengers carried on both long and short haul in 2013.\r\n\r\nWith 58 aircraft currently in service, Thomson Airways is aware of the case for environmental impact from their airline operations and has for many years maintained a strategic focus on ensuring that the company significantly reduces its CO2 emissions and now leads the way as the most environmentally friendly airline in Europe.\r\n\r\nThomson Airways is a World class, multi-award winning sustainable airline and with their continued focus on Carbon Reduction objectives, became the first UK airline to take delivery of the new lightweight, super efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner.\r\n\r\nAs part of their continuous review, in early 2012, Carbon Management Services was invited to conduct a survey of the potential for Voltage Optimisation at their ground based operations in Hangar 61 at Luton Airport, and following detailed investigations, we estimated that savings of around 11% could be achieved.\r\n\r\nThis ambitious figure was supported by the fact that CMS proposed the installation of an Envirovolt; Voltage Regulator, which would give a greater saving than traditional fixed reduction technology by maintaining a constant 220V per phase, with the added benefit of being able to reduce the voltage below 216V during the summer period.\r\n\r\nResults\r\n

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  • 12.9% savings on electricity consumption
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  • Reduced emissions of >189 tCO₂ per annum
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  • PowerPlan Rental, generates net >£40,000 annually to bottom line
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  • Saved 360,390kWh in first 12 months
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\r\n Specification\r\n

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  • 396 & 792kVA units
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  • 220V individual phase control +/- 0.5%
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  • Flexibility to adjust voltages to suit Summer and Winter engineering programmes
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\r\nJane Ashton, Director of Group Sustainable Development commented;\r\n\r\n“Driving sustainability supports the long term success of our tourism business”\r\n\r\nYou can read more about Thomson Airways sustainability here.\r\n\r\n