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 Stansted Airport is using less electricity and recycling more waste than ever, it has revealed.

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The use of low-energy lighting on the airfield, more efficient air conditioning systems and the turning off of electrical products overnight helped to cut the amount of electricity Stansted uses from the grid by 4% in 2010.

Meanwhile, the site composted or recycled more than half of its waste last year.

Some 700 tonne of paper was recycled in comparison to 450 tonnes the previous year, while 158 tonnes of food was composted.

And the airport's head of health, safety and environment, Dr Andy Jefferson, said he hoped to make further improvements this year with a hydrogen fuel trial set to begin this month.

Dr Andy Jefferson said: "Whilst we’re delighted with our year end results, our ambition remains firmly focussed on improving performance even further." 

Even new freight operations are greener, with the use of a new Boeing 777 for the scheduled cargo flight by FedEx Express.

The plane, one of 45 ordered by FedEx, is more fuel efficient than the previous MD-11 aircraft used for the route between Stansted and Memphis in the US. It also features advanced noise reduction technology, resulting in quieter landings and takeoffs.

Copyright Press Association 2011