Green Gatwick keeps carbon neutral status and wins zero waste accreditation
Gatwick Airport has been recertified as a carbon neutral airport – as well as announcing it is the first airport to achieve a zero waste to landfill accreditation from the Carbon Trust.
The news comes as the airport publishes its annual Decade of Change report which states how it is performing in its efforts to hit ten sustainability targets.
Green initiatives included in the targets including installing 100% energy efficient LED lights on the runway, saving a million lites of water in car washes, recycling all coffee cups and plastic bottles and launching incentives to reduce noise pollution through quieter aeroplanes.
Gatwick has been recertified as carbon neutral, after first attaining the status in 2016, thanks to initiatives like using 100% renewable energy and achieving Gold Standard carbon credits.
Zero waste accreditation is provided by the Carbon Trust standard. Gatwick has achieved this through a series of measures, including reducing and reusing waste, increasing recycling and converting waste products into energy by creating the world’s first on-airport plant, which turns cabn waste into energy.
Results which were included in the airport’s Decade of Change report include a 10% reduction in carbon emissions, a 5% reduction in yearly energy consumption per passenger, emplying people from the local area and using local suppliers, as well as running community events and supporting local charitable causes.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said: “As an airport we recognise the importance of a sustainable operation which is why exceeding our ambitious environmental and community-focused targets has been a priority for us ever since new ownership in 2009.
“I would like to thank every member of staff and our wider Gatwick Family who have all helped us to achieve both our targets and also secure four Carbon Trust standards and carbon neutral status.
“We will continue to strive to improve our sustainability performance even further and will be announcing some more exciting initiatives in coming months.”
Hugh Jones, Managing Director, Carbon Trust Business Services, said:
“Over the past two years Gatwick has made impressive progress on environmental performance to retain triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for continuing to reduce carbon emissions, water use and waste output.
“We are also delighted to be able to recognise its achievement of zero waste to landfill status for the first time. Gatwick is setting an excellent example, showing how a business can improve its operational efficiency and its environmental results at the same time, as well as encouraging higher levels of action elsewhere by positively influencing other companies that operate at the airport site.”
Olivier Jankovec, Director General, Airports Council International Europe said:
“I warmly congratulate Gatwick on its ongoing sustainability drive. It was the first London airport to become Airport Carbon Accredited as carbon neutral and Stewart and his team have remained motivated to make further efficiencies, clearly embracing climate action as part of the company culture. Their 3 year renewal at the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation, combined with their 360° strategy to lower their broader environmental impact is something that other airports and companies beyond air transport can learn from.”