GATWICK AIRPORT'S 2011 DECADE OF CHANGE PERFORMANCE REPORT
03 October 2011
Last year Gatwick Airport launched its 10 year programme to make Gatwick a more sustainable airport. A year later, Gatwick Airport has made a lot of progress, while also identifying the areas where it needs to focus its efforts.
Last year Gatwick Airport launched its 10 year programme to make Gatwick a more sustainable airport. A year later, Gatwick Airport has made a lot of progress, while also identifying the areas where it needs to focus its efforts. The report details the successes the airport has had and some of the challenges it's faced - namely last year's winter weather, the worst in the UK for a number of years!
On a carbon front 2010 saw the airport's carbon footprint decrease slightly and in recognition of its approach it secured ACI accreditation to sit alongside the Carbon Trust accreditation achieved in 2009. Operationally, Gatwick Airport improved the way it runs its buildings to decrease the amount of water used by nearly 10% and also saw improvements in the way it manages the airport's waste streams - the airport expects performance here to improve further following the appointment of a new waste contractor in 2011. However, keeping the airport operational and passengers comfortable and safe during the snow last year meant that Gatwick Airport's electricity and gas consumption in 2010 actually increased on the previous year. In response to this the airport is looking at ways to increase its use of sustainable energy and is currently processing the responses it's had to its recent invitation to tender for the development of a CCHP plant at the airport.
In the air, all noise performance indicators are moving in the right direction. However, Gatwick Aiport recognises that it is still receiving a number of complaints from people affected by aircraft noise and will work hard in 2011/12 to look at how best it and its airport partners engage with people affected by aircraft operations.
The airport's future plans also include improving the way it works and engages locally on community projects and regionally with business organisations and other stakeholders to make sure the full economic value of the airport is realised.
Overall Gatwick Airport wants to continue the work it's already begun with its partners by developing stronger relationships that ensure it delivers against its Decade of Change targets while helping its partners to achieve their goals at the same time.
Click here to view a full copy of the Decade of Change report. (PDF 3.5MB)