Heathrow Airport to enhance air quality in London


UK’s Heathrow Airport intends to take further steps to improve the London's air quality as it plans its third runway expansion.

The plan has been confirmed by Heathrow’s executive director Emma Gilthorpe, who is responsible for handling the project.

As part of a new programme to be initiated by the airport, 6,000 of its direct employees will be offered incentives to acquire and drive low-emission cars of their choice.

Staff participating in the scheme will have a monthly gross salary reduction in order to pay for the car, but will receive savings in income tax and national insurance.

In addition, Gilthorpe noted that Heathrow Airport has invited Imperial College London professor Helen ApSimon to chair the new Heathrow Air Quality Expert Review group.

"Heathrow is targeting the real source of emissions, road vehicles, by working with partners to increase public transport options to the airport."

The independent organisation will offer expert opinions to ensure that the development of a third runway can be carried out and delivered without compromising UK’s ability to comply with local air quality requirements.

The new steps would be a part of the airport’s new sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0, which focuses on reducing emissions from all sources of activities, both on and off airport.

Gilthorpe said: “Heathrow is targeting the real source of emissions, road vehicles, by working with partners to increase public transport options to the airport, and through initiatives – including those announced today - which will encourage the use of cleaner vehicles.

“New capacity at an expanded Heathrow will not be released unless it can be done without compromising the UK’s ability to comply with legal air quality requirements.”


Image: Heathrow will take measures to improve UK’s air quality both on and off airport. Photo: courtesy of Heathrow Airports.