Young voices wanted to help shape a greener future for EMA


Local apprentices and students are being invited to become members of East Midlands Airport’s Youth Forum so young voices can be heard on issues that are important to neighbouring communities.

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The call for new members comes as the Forum focuses on green issues. EMA is gearing up for its next Youth Forum meeting on Wednesday 22 November 2023 which will focus on the move to using Sustainable Aviation Fuel as well as initiatives to reduce fuel use, with changing flightpaths leading to more efficient operations.  This will be followed by a second session on Wednesday 17 January next year looking at carbon removal and capture and zero emissions flight technology.

The series of meetings culminates with a Sustainable Youth Summit held at the airport in March. This will bring together Youth Forum members from all airports in the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – Manchester Airport, Stansted and EMA. It will give them the chance to discuss whether enough is being done to make aviation sustainable and to challenge and influence MAG’s policymakers around its Net Zero Carbon objectives.

‘JetZero’ is part of MAG’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy which has seen it become a leader in aviation decarbonisation, committing to reach net zero carbon in its operations by 2038. MAG’s airports were the first in the UK to target and achieve carbon neutral status. MAG’s award winning multi-million-pound efficiency and renewable energy initiatives have cut emissions by 87% compared to a 2006 baseline. In 2021, MAG was recognised as the highest performing transport organisation in the Financial Times’ assessment of European Climate Leaders – retaining a listing in 2022 and 2023.

The CSR Strategy ‘Working Together for a Brighter Future’ aims to continue to improve the way EMA operates as a business for the benefit of the communities, regions and environment surrounding the airport. It involves undertaking a wide range of stakeholder consultation and engagement – with the Youth Forum introduced to widen and diversify this engagement.

Colleen Hempson, EMA Community Engagement Manager said: “Our Corporate Social Responsibility promise is that when our business prospers, the regions and communities we serve will prosper too. Young local people have important views about how we can achieve that and we’re keen to see more young people join the Youth Forum to help us shape our thinking and actions around key issues such as sustainability.”

Anyone who would like more information or to apply to become a member of the EMA Youth Forum should email community@eastmidlandsairport.com. The opportunity to become a member of the EMA Youth Forum is open to young people aged between 17-25 who are either in an Apprenticeship, or attending a local Sixth Form, College or University.