A new consortium has been formed to support the deployment of renewable technology that can produce carbon-neutral energy from previously unharnessed power. The Scottish wind energy consortium between Katrick Technologies, AGS Airports Limited (AGS) and the University of Strathclyde will enable a faster transition to clean power by exploiting low-level wind energy.

The newly-formed wind energy consortium will see the development and deployment of a new type of wind technology, created by Katrick Technologies and supported by AGS and the University of Strathclyde. This will involve the installation of Katrick Technologies’ dual-purpose wind panel and sound barrier, which can produce carbon-neutral energy from ground and low-level wind

AGS, encompassing Glasgow, Aberdeen International and Southampton airports, has long been committed to carbon reduction. In 2020, the group achieved carbon neutrality status and earlier this year it launched its Sustainability Strategy which set out its commitment to achieving net zero by the mid-2030s.

The University of Strathclyde boasts its own impressive green credentials. The University’s Sustainability team has developed a bold climate-neutral districts vision, which will see renewable technologies used across its central Scotland facilities. The team is already helping to deliver the University’s first carbon-neutral building.

Among the University of Strathclyde’s alumni is Katrick Technologies founder and Co-CEO, Karthik Velayutham. Velayutham is an accomplished renewable engineer who holds four patents for renewable technologies. He launched Katrick Technologies as a green energy start-up in 2016 and is supported by Co-CEO, Vijay Madlani, to bring these technologies to the market.

One of these technologies, which is core to the consortium, is Katrick Technologies’ dual-purpose wind panel and sound barrier, which can produce carbon-neutral energy from ground and low-level wind. These energy-harvesting wind panels have been designed to tackle the decarbonisation challenges common to both airports and highways — unlike traditional wind turbines they can capture wind power, without needing significant height or scale.

As part of the consortium, Katrick Technologies’ wind acquisition systems will be installed on the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Airport estates. Initial wind-mapping on these sites will kick-off a phased approach for development of the wind panels. The ultimate goal is roll-out of this technology to support both estate’s net-zero goals and launch it to the wider market.

“Katrick Technologies and the University of Strathclyde have just been awarded Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) funding for a collaborative R&D project for the wind panel and noise barrier technology,” explained Vijay Madlani, Co-CEO of Katrick Technologies. “This is an initial step that will provide a catalyst for development by attracting large funding and investment opportunities. Not only will this support the development of our own technologies, but can help the group realise its shared vision by unlocking unharnessed wind power.”

“Partnering with technology experts and embracing innovation is essential for AGS to meet its decarbonisation goals,” explained Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports. “Renewable technologies have the potential to power vast amounts of on-site equipment, offset energy costs and reduce the requirement for carbon-based energy supply. In addition to supporting our transition to net zero, these wind panels also have the potential to help us manage the impact of airport-related noise which we know is an important issue for the communities we serve. Managing this is an integral part of how we grow our airports responsibly and these panels could also act as noise barriers on our airfields.”

Roddy Yarr, Executive Lead for Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde, said: “As a socially progressive university with ambitious targets towards net zero, we are pleased to support this project.

“Katrick’s clean technology is a great example of an innovation that can help us to create a series of ‘living labs’ to demonstrate and enable the transition to scalar greenhouse gas emissions reduction.”

More information on Katrick Technologies pioneering wind panels can be found on the organisation’s website. Examples of the technology in action can also be seen here. To get involved in the consortium, or to find out more, please contact info@katricktechnologies.com.

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Please note the M8 will be subject to lane restrictions and road closures from 6am on Saturday, 30 October and not 8pm as previously issued. 

 

Drivers are being reminded that there are additional road closures and restrictions, coming into force near the SEC, for a short period, due to specific COP26 events on 1 November.

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On Monday 1 November, part of Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street will be closed to traffic and no vehicles permitted to be parked on the route. This is likely to cause severe congestion in the area as it is currently one of the alternative routes that people have been using because of the Clydeside Expressway being closed.

Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street from Byres Road to St. Vincent Street will be closed from 1000hrs Monday 1 November to 0600hrs Tuesday 2 November.

Finnieston Street from Argyle Street to Lancefield Quay will also be closed as will a number of other roads in the area that join Argyle Street.

No Parking will be permitted on Argyle Street, Dumbarton Road, Finnieston Street and short lengths of the adjoining roads from 0800hrs on Monday. Vehicles left on the route after this time will be removed.

The above restrictions will not impact emergency service vehicles responding to an emergency within the area and pedestrian access will be maintained.

COP26 begins on Sunday 31 October with world leaders attending a special summit at the start of the proceedings.

People are urged to plan their journeys in advance. Drivers in particular are being asked to look at travelling outside peak times, consider if the journey is necessary at that time or at all and leaving the car, opting to travel in a different way to reduce congestion.

Some 9,000 letters have also been sent to homes in the Anderston, Finnieston and Yorkhill areas with full details and maps of the road closures and parking restrictions.

Andy Waddell, Director of City Operations at Glasgow City Council, said: “In general people have heeded the advice to plan ahead when travelling in and around the city. Diversion routes are busier due to the Clydeside Expressway being closed but people have taken on board what we’ve been saying about changing how and when they travel to avoid congested areas. This will be particularly important with the additional road closures coming into effect on Monday.

“Ultimately we need people to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journey or make alternative arrangements if possible.”

Road closures are already in place for public safety with Glasgow’s Clydeside Expressway now fully closed until 15 November.

The M8 will be subject to lane restrictions and road closures from 6am on Saturday, 30 October until 6am on November 15. The Tradeston M8 On-slip at West Street will be closed with no access to North Street/Charing Cross.

A signed diversion route will be in place from West Street to North Street, via Kingston Street, George V Bridge and the Broomielaw. Access to Bothwell Street from the M8 Eastbound at Junction 18 will remain open.

The public is advised to visit the Get Ready Glasgow website – www.getreadyglasgow.com  – which provides all the travel details and will be regularly updated with all the latest information for commuters and businesses as well as details on alternative routes, local road closure dates and where local access will be maintained.

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A transport project improving links between Paisley town centre and Scotland’s manufacturing innovation district AMIDS has secured almost £40million in Levelling Up Funding.

Renfrewshire Council’s AMIDS South project, which includes a 1.7km ‘gateway route’ along the White Cart river, has received £38.7million from the UK Government Levelling Up Fund.

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That is the third highest award of all the UK-wide projects being supported in the first round of the fund confirmed by the Chancellor during his UK budget announcement on Wednesday (27 October).

This will provide around 90% of the funding for the project to develop a network of road, cycling and walking links from the town centre train station and bus interchange to Glasgow Airport, AMIDS and onto Inchinnan.

It will also strengthen the links to the significant investment well underway in Paisley town centre cultural venues, which includes a £42million transformation of Paisley Museum and the £22million refurbishment of the town’s A-listed Town Hall, as well as a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street.

Economic projections found the project could bolster the local economy by an additional £136million and cut carbon emissions by 21,700 tonnes while help existing and new companies to grow, creating new job opportunities for years to come.

The gateway route from Paisley town centre along Abercorn Street, Harbour Road and Inchinnan Road to Glasgow Airport and the manufacturing district AMIDS includes new cycle routes and landscaping as well as a bridge crossing at Paisley Harbour for pedestrians, cyclists and road traffic.

Also included in the brief is an east-west road link from Renfrew Road joining onto the new route, increasing connectivity to the manufacturing district and improving accessibility to the proposed new Paisley Grammar community campus, West College Scotland and Gallowhill area as well as the new Scottish Leather Group factory and many other businesses in the Abercorn area.

And traffic calming works on Love Street will improve the environment for local residents and pedestrians, the area benefiting from a reduction in traffic flow due to the new routes.

Funding will also enable improved walking and cycling on Greenock Road between Inchinnan Business Park and AMIDS.

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Development of Scotland’s manufacturing innovation district AMIDS is a huge coup for Renfrewshire, attracting many new jobs and opportunities and it’s vital that we ensure the infrastructure is in place which enables residents in the surrounding areas to be able to access these jobs.

“This project does just that, better connecting communities to education and employment, enabling economic growth, helping to cut congestion and supporting our commitment for Renfrewshire to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“Clearly, our bid to the Levelling Up fund put forward a compelling case, backed by business, enterprise and education leaders from across Renfrewshire and I’m pleased that we can now progress it and ensure it delivers for our communities.”

Levelling Up fund bids required the support of the constituency MP for the area, and Gavin Newlands MP, said: “This additional funding for the AMIDS South project is welcome and having supported this bid I am now keen to see this project delivered as soon as possible.

“The vision shown by Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Enterprise in developing AMIDS is reaping real rewards for Paisley and Renfrewshire and boosting our local economy through the kind of high-skill, high-value jobs that will drive innovation for the future.

“Combined with the transformational increase in active travel spend recently announced by the Scottish Government, it’s clear Renfrewshire is playing its part in the transition to a net zero society – a world-leading objective in the run up to COP 26 in Glasgow.”

The Council’s bid included letters of support from local businesses, with the infrastructure complementing other works being progressed including an active travel route between Paisley and Renfrew and the Glasgow City Region City Deal funded project building an opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew.

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Renfrewshire is open for business and is bouncing back from the huge impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Investment in infrastructure at this scale highlights how something special is happening here and we look forward to the inclusive growth and boost it brings to our local economy.”

Liz Connolly, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland, said: “We are working on plans to develop our Paisley campus and these new transport links will bring great benefits to our students and to the local community accessing our facilities. Having the advanced manufacturing district nearby offers fantastic opportunities for our young people to develop their skills here and it’s pleasing that everyone will have greater choice to walk and cycle to their studies.”

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– Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow top 3 UK airports in latest results –

The efforts of AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, in working towards a more sustainable future for aviation have been recognised once again by the leading global sustainability organisation Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

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Described a mission-driven and investor-led organization, GRESB provides standardised and validated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to the capital markets.

Southampton was ranked as the best performing UK airport in the GRESB benchmark. Together with Aberdeen, it received a five-star rating for its sustainability performance, and all were recognised as “airport transport sector leads”.

Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow were ranked first, second and third respectively within the UK Transport: Airport Companies categories. In the European category Southampton was second, Aberdeen fourth and Glasgow fifth.

In the same worldwide category Southampton was third, Aberdeen seventh and Glasgow ninth.

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director for Glasgow Airport, said: “As one of the UK’s largest airport groups, we are committed to ensuring that we balance the undoubted economic and social benefits delivered by our airports with our climate responsibilities.

“How we do this has been set out in our Sustainability Strategy, which was launched last month and details a clear roadmap on how Glasgow can continue to support Scotland to not only recover, but prosper post-pandemic while decarbonising.

“We are delighted to be recognised by GRESB once again for all the hard work staff and colleagues continue to do.”

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to balancing the undoubted economic and social benefits of aviation with our climate change responsibilities.

“To have all three of our airports to be named as the top three performing airports for sustainability by GRESB is a great achievement.

“I am pleased to say we have already made significant progress in addressing our environmental impacts. Since 2018, we have reduced our direct carbon emissions by 52% and in 2020 each of our airports achieved carbon neutrality status. However, we recognised that there is more work to do in addressing our impact and as a group, we have set ourselves the target of achieving net zero carbon for our direct emissions by the mid-2030s.

“We are also committed to working with the wider aviation industry to achieve net zero and deliver a future that is inclusive, low carbon and connected.”

Each year, GRESB assesses and benchmarks the ESG performance of assets worldwide, providing clarity and insights to financial markets on complex sustainability topics.

The GRESB Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, goals and emerging regulations. The GRESB ESG Benchmark grew this year to cover more than $6.4 trillion of assets under management, up from $5.3 trillion the year before.

Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-founder and Managing Director at GRESB, said: “GRESB Sector Leaders are the organisations that are setting the pace and driving progress toward a net zero future. We are proud to recognise your determination, achievement, and leadership in creating a more sustainable world.

“Across the globe, organizations are demonstrating a deep commitment to ESG integration while making important strides towards a more sustainable future for us all.

“ESG transparency and improving overall performance have never been more important, and it is inspiring to see such a high level of dedication from the industry.”

To find out more about the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark visit: GRESB.com

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  • First currency collection since relaunch raises fantastic amount for the FlightPath Fund 

 

Glasgow passengers have raised an incredible £6124.47 for the airport’s FlightPath Fund despite the pandemic almost grounding air travel.

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The fantastic amount was collected through the six FlightPath Fund collection globes positioned across the airport in which passengers can donate any left-over currency. 

All monies raised through the globes make up the £70,000 total made available last month to ensure the FlightPath Fund could resume following its suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The FlightPath Fund supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organisations across the Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas. 

The Fund’s committee is urging neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is also keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport. 

The total amount collected came from dozens of different global currencies including Croatian Kunas, Turkish Lira, Polish Zloty, Singaporean Dollars, Latvian Lats, South African Rands, Ukrainian Hryvnia and Israeli New Shekel. Currencies new to the collection globes included Malawian Kwacha, Ethiopian Birr, Macau Patacas and Costa Rica Colons. 

The top five currencies collected were: 

  • UK Pound
  • The Euro
  • US Dollars 
  • Swiss Francs
  • Danish Krone

 

Outwith the weird and wonderful currencies of the world, the globes also collected donations in pre-Euro currencies including Irish Punts, Portuguese Escudos, Dutch Guilders, Austrian Schillings and German Deutsche Marks.

Archie Hunter, Chair of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, said: “The generosity of the passengers who travel through Glasgow Airport plays a central role in the important work of the FlightPath Fund and is so gratefully received, particularly given the challenges we have all faced since last March. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to resume our work and this amount will allow the Fund to help serve community groups, clubs and charities that neighbour the airport.

“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of the FlightPath Fund committee and indeed the people who will benefit greatly from the donations made via the globes.” 

The closing date for applications is Friday 29 October. The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, will meet on Thursday 11 November during COP26 to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support. 

To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community and download the application form and our funding guidelines. 

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AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has marked Anti-Slavery Week by reaffirming its commitment to the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise that works with businesses to address the growing issue of modern slavery.

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The Slave-Free Alliance is part of Hope for Justice, a charity which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives. It is estimated by the charity that 40.3 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery.

Raising awareness on the issues of human trafficking and forced labour is a key pillar of AGS Airports’ sustainability strategy and its work to promote responsible procurement.

A key benefit of joining Slave-Free Alliance is to independently review, benchmark and develop responsible systems and processes to combat modern slavery.

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, said: “At AGS we are committed to tackling the growing issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. It forms a key part of our sustainability strategy and joining the Slave-Free Alliance has helped bolster our approach in this hugely important area.

“By working with the Slave Free Alliance, we have been able to further educate our staff, strengthen our policies, and have the necessary procedures in place to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere within our business or supply chain.”

Rachel Hartley, Training & Technical Services Manager at Slave-Free Alliance, said: “AGS Airports have taken huge strides this year and I want to thank them for being one of the leaders on this issue for the whole aviation sector.

“Joining Slave-Free Alliance in the first place is an important step to ensuring that supply chains – and those who work within them – are protected. AGS Airports have been taking strong and decisive action, which really shows their commitment.

“Anti-Slavery Day is a great day for all businesses to take time to raise awareness about the reality of this crime with their staff, suppliers and customers, because there is still so much for us all to do.”

In 2020, AGS joined the Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise and membership initiative launched by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice which aims to end modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring their lives.

The Slave-Free Alliance is the business sector’s acknowledgement that slavery in supply chains is real and a key factor driving human trafficking in the developing world and across borders to countries like the UK.

It can affect any unprepared business, no matter their sector. As a social enterprise, all profits made by the Slave-Free Alliance are reinvested into charitable anti-slavery projects around the world.

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– AirFrance/KLM Group’s Transavia to launch Glasgow Paris Orly route next April –

Glasgow Airport welcomes the announcement of a second route to Paris Orly Airport in a week with AirFrance/KLM Group’s low cost airline Transavia.

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The low-cost carrier will operate three services per week to Paris Orly Airport from Thursday 14 April.

Operating each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, the new service will bring an additional capacity of more than 12 000 seats on the route.

Matt Hazelwood, Commercial Director for AGS Airports, which owns Glasgow, said: “Route announcements are this week following the old bus adage. We don’t have any for a while due to the pandemic and now we have a second Orly service in a week.

“The demand for Paris from our passengers has always been high, so we are really pleased to be able to deliver even greater connectivity not only to the French capital as a city destination, but Orly is also ideal for passengers heading for Disneyland Paris.”

Nicolas Hénin, Chief Commercial Officer of Transavia France, said: “We are delighted to open this new route from Glasgow to Paris-Orly. This new service will allow travelers from Scotland to enjoy their vacations in Paris during summer while benefitting from a quality low-cost offer. We look forward to welcoming our Scottish clients who are eager to travel to the French capital.”

The one hour 50-mintune flight will be operated using an Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 189 seats each.

Flight schedule

Paris Orly to Glasgow

  • Tuesday : 9:55- 10:35
  • Thursday : 14:10-15h20
  • Sunday : 16:20-17:00

Glasgow to Paris Orly

  • Tuesday: 11:20-14:05
  • Thursday : 16:05-18:50
  • Sunday :17:45-20:30

To book visit: transavia.com

Glasgow Airport enquiries:

Media enquiries from journalists can be sent via email to AgsMediaCentre@agsairports.co.uk

Please note this email is monitored between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

You can also contact the media team between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and during out-of-office hours by calling 0141 465 1931.

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Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns and operates Aberdeen and Glasgow airports, said: “The Scottish Government confirmed today to industry representatives that it now intends to align fully with the reforms on international travel announced by UK Government last week.

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“This will mean that pre-departure testing to return to Scotland will no longer be needed as of Monday 4 October and free lateral flow testing will soon replace the expensive PCR current requirement.

“While this is something we have been urging the Scottish Government to do for months, and the subsequent delay has negatively impacted the industry in Scotland and AGS as a group, it is a welcome step forward.

“By ensuring Scotland has parity with the rest of the UK, this decision is one that will deliver much-needed consumer confidence for our passengers to start travelling again and for our airline partners to look at increasing capacity at our airports.

“A number of restrictions on travel still remain in place and we are not yet back to anything like normal operations, but we will continue to engage with government to ensure the safe return on international travel continues and that we can rebuild the connectivity that plans a vital role in supporting our economy.”