Newcastle airport has unveiled ambitious plans to go to net zero emissions by 2035.

The largest airport in the north-east has set the target to align with the end date of its masterplan and centenary year.

The airport will take steps to procure and generate renewable energy as well as shifting to new technologies.

A new fleet of electric vehicles will be introduced over the next 15 years, including passenger and car park buses, together with improved facilities for users with electric vehicles.

Airlines will be encouraged to make more use of the latest, most efficient aircraft such as the Airbus A320neo, which delivers a 15% saving in CO2 emissions.

Airport chief executive Nick Jones said: “Decarbonising the airport before 2035 will be a challenge, but this is something that we feel strongly about.

“Newcastle international airport is an extremely important asset to the region and we pride ourselves on being a good neighbour. The people of the north-east are at the heart of everything we do, so it is vital that we make the changes needed to be able to grow the airport in a sustainable manner that protects the environment we all live and work in.”

Aviation minister Paul Maynard added: “Newcastle airport’s target of becoming net zero by 2035 shows a firm commitment to tackling climate change.

“This impressive environmental ambition is just one of the ways the airport is serving the needs of its community, helping make the UK cleaner, greener and more environmentally-friendly.”