Decade of Change: Gatwick on track to become the UK’s most sustainable airport

Published on : Monday, May 30, 2016

Gatwick AirportThe ‘Decade of Change’ report tracks Gatwick Airport’s progress on a series of sustainability targets and shows that Gatwick is using less water, electricity and gas, emits less carbon and gets more passengers to the airport by public transport than ever before.



The ten targets that make up the Decade of Change report are set over a ten year period (2010 to 2020). This year’s Decade of Change reports on the half way point (2015), with progress achieved so far including:





Annual nitrogen dioxide levels on the airfield also fell from 31 to 28 micrograms per cubic metre in 2015 – almost a third below the legal limit of 40. Gatwick has never breached EU and UK annual air quality limits and has enough headroom to remain within legal limits with a second runway.



Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said:

Taken together the Decade of Change targets demonstrate the airport’s commitment to the local environment and also our determination to be the best neighbour possible.



“Teams across Gatwick have strived to achieve, and in some cases exceed, these ambitious sustainability targets.  It is testament to the hard work of our staff that we have come so far so quickly, and remain on track to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.



“Air quality is central to the expansion debate and today’s results show that Gatwick continues to stay well within legal limits.  The choice is obvious.  Choose Gatwick and the UK gets a new runway, or go for Heathrow and illegal levels of pollution stall airport expansion yet again.”



The Decade of Change report comes just weeks after Gatwick became one of just a handful of UK organisations to simultaneously hold triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for achieving ongoing reductions in carbon emissions and water use, and improving waste management.


Source:- Gatwick Airport

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