London’s Gatwick Airport has achieved triple certification under the Carbon Trust Standard for successfully attaining reductions in carbon emissions and water usage, as well as enhancing its waste management capability.
The Carbon Trust Standard is a global independent award that acknowledges an organisation’s achievements in enhancing environmental sustainability.
Carbon Trust Certification MD Darran Messem said: "We would like to congratulate everyone at Gatwick who has played a part in securing these three certifications to the Carbon Trust Standard.
"These awards recognise real progress being made in reducing an organisation’s environmental impact, taking action on carbon emissions, water use and waste.
"Gatwick is a large airport and serving millions of passengers a year, which comes with a wide variety of sustainability challenges, so to be able to independently demonstrate continuous improvement year-on-year is no easy task."
Over the two-year certification period, Gatwick Airport reduced CO² emissions by the highest percentage in the transportation sector.
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In 2014-2015, the airport successfully reduced carbon emissions by 10% and water usage per passenger by 9.1%, compared to 2012-2013.
It also ranks in the top 15% of UK organisations in a qualitative assessment of waste management policies and practice, due to its enhanced waste recycling, reuse and recovery capabilities.
Gatwick has used energy and water-efficient design and engineering for its buildings, replaced existing airport lighting with more energy-efficient lamps, and separated waste for recycling.
The airport has also worked in close collaboration with its partners to maintain strict environmental standards.