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Cork Airport switches to 100% green electricity from Electric Ireland

  • Switch to green electricity will see over 8 million kwh per year supplied to Ireland’s fastest growing airport which will serve over 2.6 million passengers this year

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November 26, 2019. Electric Ireland has today announced a new deal to supply 8 million kwh of green electricity per annum to Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual airport. The contract was negotiated through Energy Services Limited based in Cork, daa procurement and Cork Airport Management. This switch to 100% green electricity forms part of Cork Airport’s sustainability strategy and Carbon Management Plan.

This latest investment is part of Cork Airport’s push to grow its business in a sustainable manner. While passenger numbers are expected to increase by over 8% this year, Cork Airport remains on course to continuously reduce energy consumption year on year since 2009. Cork Airport has previously won the SEAI Public Sector Energy award and has already surpassed the 2020 National Public Sector Energy Reduction Targets which are validated annually through the SEAI’s Monitoring and Reporting Programme.

Dermot McArdle, Head of Business Markets for Electric Ireland, said: “We are committed to assisting businesses in meeting their sustainability objectives through significant changes to 100% green electricity. As Ireland’s leading electricity, gas and energy supplier to large energy users, Electric Ireland has proven experience in helping users such as Cork Airport. Our competitive pricing has also allowed Cork Airport to easily make this switch.”

Bill Daly, Head of Asset Care, at Cork Airport said: “This commitment to switch to 100% green electricity forms part of Cork Airports overall sustainability strategy. Cork Airport has previously won the SEAI Public Sector Sustainable Energy Award and we are currently achieving an annual energy consumption reduction of 48% from a 2006-2009 baseline, independently validated through the SEAI Monitoring and Reporting Programme. We are fully committed to developing environmental standards in all areas of our business in order to ensure a safe and efficient airport facility. Switching to 100% green energy is a further endorsement of our sustainability agenda at Cork Airport.”

Electric Ireland’s business markets unit supplies, and provides expert advice on, electricity, gas and innovative energy services for businesses in Ireland from large users of energy like manufacturing plants and datacentres through to medium sized operations and small businesses. Electric Ireland works with organisations from a variety of sectors including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, tech, food and hospitality to provide flexible and affordable energy solutions. 

Cork Airport is Ireland’s fastest growing airport and has been named Airport Council International (ACI) best airport in Europe serving under 5 million passengers. Cork Airport is committed to responsible energy management and has developed a Carbon Management Plan that promotes energy efficiency throughout the campus and supports other scheduled energy reduction, water conservation and waste reduction initiatives.



CAPTION – Electric Ireland and Cork Airport have today announced a deal to see the airport switch to 100% green electricity. The supply of 8 million kwh of green electricity per annum to Cork Airport forms part of its Sustainability Strategy and Carbon Management Plan. Pictured: Danny Mills, Electric Ireland, Customer Relationship Manager; Bill Daly, Head of Asset Care, Cork Airport; Dorothy Coffey, General Manager, Operations & Safety, Cork Airport; Cormac Murphy, Director of Energy Services.


About Electric Ireland

Electric Ireland is the customer supply division of ESB, supplying electricity, gas and energy services to the business and residential markets in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Electric Ireland is the largest supplier and leading expert in electricity, gas and innovative energy services for Large Energy Users and medium and small enterprises in Ireland. 

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About Cork Airport

Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland and is uniquely positioned at the start of Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way. It is the country’s second busiest and best-connected international airport with connectivity to over 50 routes, flying to destinations across the UK and Continental Europe. Over 2.6 million passengers are forecasted to pass through Cork Airport in 2019, its fourth consecutive year of growth, up +8% on 2018. In 2020, Cork is forecasting further growth despite the challenges of BREXIT ahead. These figures firmly position Cork Airport as the fastest growing Airport on the island of Ireland.

In 2017, and again in 2019 Cork Airport has been named Airport Council International (ACI) Best Airport in Europe in its class (serving under 5 million passengers) and is one of the world’s friendliest airports. Global aviation analysts OAG revealed that Cork Airport topped the punctuality league for international airports in Ireland in 2018, with an on-time performance of 80.2%. Cork Airport also scooped Best Social Media Team at the Cork Digital Marketing Awards in October; Best Use of Facebook at The Moodies awards in March and the award for Best Twitter In House at the 2019 Social Media Awards (Sockies).