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UK air traffic management company NATS has received B grade from Carbon Disclosure Company (CDP) for its progress in dealing with the risks caused by climate change.

This is the second consecutive year that NATS has received the certification.

CDP awards companies with grades from A to D based on the awareness and management of environment-associated risks. This is expected to encourage more companies to take measures towards climate change.

Established in 2008, the programme aims to reduce the environmental impact of air travel by maximising the use of airspace, as well as boosting measures to save energy and recycling.

NATS has stated that it has facilitated savings of 8.4 million tonnes of CO2.

NATS Environmental Affairs head Ian Jopson said: “There is no doubt that climate change poses a huge challenge and NATS was the first air traffic service provider in the world to introduce an environment programme in 2008.

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“We have made good progress, which this accreditation from CDP acknowledges, but there is no doubt that much more needs to be done as we work towards our commitment as part of the Sustainable Aviation coalition to reach net-zero emissions as a UK industry by 2050.”

CDP Corporates and Supply Chains global director Dexter Galvin added: “The next decade is crucial in our shift to a net-zero economy, and we believe corporations are at the heart of this transition.

“By ranking companies, we aim not just to highlight leaders’ best practice, but to inspire all businesses to be transparent, aim higher and take more action.”

Last July, NATS won a ten-year contract to provide services and expertise to Cardiff Airport in Wales.