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Gatwick lays out plans to reduce emissions over next decade

Gatwick has outlined its sustainability goals for the next 10 years as the airport looks to continue its transition to becoming net zero before 2040.

In the airport’s new Decade of Change policy, Gatwick focuses on a renewed set of goals which include a zero-waste objective, local and national sustainability priorities and a pledge to improve air quality.

Before 2030, Gatwick aims to reduce emissions by a further 25%, meaning emissions will have reduced by 80% against a 1990 baseline.

The airport aims to become zero-waste within the next 10 years by recycling “all materials used in operations, commercial activity and construction”.

It also says it will work with transport providers to increase public transport and ultra-low emission journeys by 60%.


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Gatwick will work with airlines and fuel providers to implement its decarbonisation roadmap and interim goals, which it hopes will eliminate the use of pesticides on and around the site by 2030.

The goals include the ambition to limit and where possible reduce the airport’s impact on local communities by working with partners and stakeholders “to create the most noise efficient operation possible”.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive, claimed the airport “met or exceeded” the airports first set of goals over the past 10 years.

He said: “As we enter the second decade our commitment to a sustainable Gatwick is stronger than ever.

“Our policy recognises the importance of taking an integrated approach to economic, societal and environmental issues and solutions.

“By combining a healthy economy, sensible use of financial resources, human and technological innovation, teamwork and partnerships, over the next 10 years Gatwick will work towards becoming a net zero airport, conserving water and sustaining good jobs and strong, inclusive employment, to benefit the local community, the environment and the economy.”

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