Gatwick targets 50% cut in carbon emissions

Gatwick Airport has appointed a carbon emissions analyst in its attempt to become the UK’s leading low-carbon airport by 2025.

Simon Sturgis will join the airport later this month to help Gatwick identify ways in which the airport can reduce its carbon footprint by half by 2020.

Gatwick’s current environment targets from 2010 to 2020 are:

  • 50% reduction in carbon emissions (30% achieved to date)
  • Maintain current zero breaches of legal air quality limits (on track)
  • 20% reduction in water consumption (achieved)
  • 20% reduction in electricity and gas consumption (17% achieved to date)
  • No untreated waste to landfill/ 70% recycling rate (achieved/ 48% achieved)

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. “

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