Payback time for Montpellier airport’s carbon footprint


Montpellier airport have announced that they will plant trees to offset their carbon impact.

Airport authorities have committed to planting one tree for every thousand additional passengers, or at least 500 trees per year.  That’s the promise of the management board, who have also announced other environmental measures.

Emmanuel Brehmer, the chairman of the executive board, said that “this is part of the zero carbon objective” set for 2050 at the latest.

So a minimum of 500 Mediterranean trees will be planted in the four neighbouring communes of the airport: Mauguio-Carnon, Lattes, La Grande-Motte and Pérols.

The four mayors are in total agreement, and are currently calculating where to put the new trees.  Jean-Pierre Rico, an elected member for Pérols suggested “that they be planted by young people who pass the aeronautical initiation certificate”.

More generally, the airport is doing more to reduce noise, and environmental pollution.  Also the photovoltaic power plant, now produces more electricity than the site consumes.

Source: Midi Libre