The ‘Decade of Change’ report has revealed the progress of London’s Gatwick Airport on a wide range of sustainability targets.
The report reveals that the airport currently uses less electricity, water and gas, releases reduced amount of carbon and receives more number of passengers to the airport through public transport.
The Decade of Change report comprises of ten targets set over a period of ten years, from 2010 to 2020. The latest update tracks the progress made up to 2015.
The progress achieved by Gatwick Airport until this point includes reduction in carbon emissions by 32.6% and energy usage by 16.6%, recycling of 49% of operational waste, and generating employment for about 56% of the airport’s 21,000 workforce from its local region.
In 2015, Gatwick Airport spent £71.4m with local suppliers, along with sponsoring 32 community events, collecting £175,000 for local charities and distributing £200,000 for local causes.
During the same year, the annual nitrogen dioxide levels on the airfield decreased from 31 to 28 micrograms per cubic metre, which is nearly a third below the legal limit of 40.
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."
Gatwick has recently received triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for attaining ongoing reduction levels in carbon emissions and water use, as well as enhancing waste management.