A project is underway to swap the LED floodlights at Glasgow Airport’s airfield with a more sustainable model that is 25% more energy efficient.

As part of the Scottish airport’s continued commitment to sustainability and the circular economy, around 75% of the components housed in the outgoing lights will be collected and recycled by a Waste from Electronic and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) company before going back into the supply chain.

In 2013, Glasgow became the first airport in the world to upgrade to a fully LED-lit apron in compliance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).  At the time, the move away from high-pressure sodium apron lighting improved energy efficiency by 60%.

Midfield Lighting Modus 650
The Modus 650 Midfield Lighting 

The initial £130,000 multi-phase programme will also see the outgoing Sparta Series LED floodlights stripped down and their parts recycled by Midstream Lighting. They will be replaced by the more energy efficient Modus 650, which are brighter and deliver greater coverage using fewer fittings, as well as benefitting from a longer lifespan.

Ronald Leitch, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We launched our sustainability strategy last summer and a key area of focus is the decarbonisation of our infrastructure and operations by the mid-2030s.

“Glasgow Airport led the way in 2013 when we upgraded the lighting system on our apron ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and improving our energy efficiency by more than half.

“As the current lighting is nearing the end of its lifecycle, we are not only gaining further energy efficiency and improved lighting by installing the new Modus 650 LED series, but the overall project will also support our circular economy commitments by ensuring the Sparta lights are also recycled.”       

The year-long project will see a team of engineers from Dewhurst Airfield Services replace just under 120 fittings housed within the 20m-high floodlights positioned across all the apron areas where aircraft are parked at Glasgow Airport.

LED lighting designer and manufacturer Midstream Lighting will complete the latest upgrade programme. Midstream Lighting is a signatory of The Climate Pledge, which has seen more than 200 companies and organisations commit to net zero by 2040.