London’s Gatwick Airport has appointed an expert in carbon emissions analysis Simon Sturgis with an aim to reduce its carbon emissions and become the UK’s leading low carbon airport by 2025.
The decision comes at a time when the airport authorities are planning to construct a second runway at the airport by 2025.
The airport has already ensured to cut down its carbon emissions by half by 2020 as compared to 1990.
After officially taking up his position at the airport from late February, Simon Sturgis will have to create a roadmap by the end of this year that would show how the construction plans of the second runway are sustainable and environment-friendly with the lowest possible carbon emissions.
Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: "Gatwick has ambitious expansion plans to meet rapidly growing demand, and these are matched by equally ambitious plans to develop the airport in the most environmentally responsible way possible.
"Carbon used in construction is often a hidden cost to the environment, but we know it is a significant contributor to an airport’s environmental footprint.
"I’m delighted that Simon has come on board and will help us reduce our carbon impact across the full range of activities so we can become the most sustainable airport around. "
Gatwick Airport also aims to have an all-electric fleet in the long run to control carbon impact.
For this purpose, the airport officials have announced their plan to begin a phased implementation of economic incentives that would encourage more use of electric vehicles.
Gatwick Airport is already working on some of its immediate environment targets that not only includes 50% reduction in carbon impact, but also to reduce water, gas and electric consumptions by 20%, to recycle 70% of its waste material, and to maintain legal air quality limits.
Simon Sturgis said: "I am very excited at the scale and commitment of Gatwick’s carbon reduction ambitions.
"Their plans are significant, imaginative and ground breaking and the leadership they are showing has the potential to be game changing for carbon reduction across the UK."
Image: Gatwick aims to become the UK’s leading low carbon airport by 2025. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.