Heathrow sets out sustainable growth plan

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London’s Heathrow Airport has set out a series of goals for the next decade as part of its strategy to develop and grow sustainably.

The Heathrow 2.0: Connecting People and Plant strategy seeks to tackle climate change, decarbonise flights and improve the area around the airport.

The airport says the plan follows consultation with local and national stakeholders and key actions include ensuring 2019 was its peak carbon year.

The company says: “To deliver on this commitment, our goal is to reduce carbon from flights by up to 15 per cent compared with 2019 and to cut at least 45 per cent of on the ground carbon emissions by 2030.”

The airport is also introducing measures around minimising noise, improving local air quality and investing in local communities.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive, Heathrow, said: “The launch of our refreshed Heathrow 2.0 strategy is a landmark moment in our sustainability journey, one which accelerates the shift in our industry towards a greener future. Decisive action needs to be taken this decade to remain on track for net zero and 2.0 sets out the roadmap to get us there. Not only will we cut carbon, but our ambitious strategy will maintain Heathrow’s leadership in innovation, social mobility and community engagement.”

Plans unveiled as part of the Heathrow 2.0 strategy include the extension of the London Living Wage from the start of April and benefitting 1300 employees.

A Sustainable Travel Zone has also been launched highlighting subsidised travel routes to and from the airport to encourage colleagues and passengers on to public transport.

Further commitments for 2022 include a Sustainable Aviation Fuel incentive programme for airlines while, for the next decade, the airport is committed to maximising the use of repurposed materials, introducing an airside ultra-low emission zone by 2025 and ensuring diversity in the workplace at all levels.

source : businesstravelnewseurope

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