12:30pm. Friday 4 November 2011
Gatwick has a significant role to play in the local, regional and national economy but we also need to be a responsible neighbour. I want to share with you some of the ways we're demonstrating or corporate responsibility.
Last summer we launched a 10 year programme to make Gatwick a more sustainable airport, setting out concrete steps and targets to work towards.
A year later, while we’ve made a lot of progress, we’ve also identified the areas where we need to refocus our efforts and drive further improvements.
Take a look at our 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report and you'll see we've had both successes and challenges over the last 12 months.
We decreased our carbon footprint in 2010 and as a result, secured ACI accreditation to sit alongside the Carbon Trust accreditation achieved in 2009.
We also improved the way we run our buildings, achieving a 10% saving in water usage and a 5% decrease in the amount of airport waste produced. We expect to get even better at this during 2011 as we're appointing a new waste contractor.
On the downside, keeping the airport operational and our passengers comfortable and safe during the exceptionally cold weather and snow last year, meant that our electricity and gas consumption increased in 2010 compared to the previous year.
However, we’re confident that measures already taken this year will reverse that trend and we are also looking at the development of a combined cooling heating and power (CCHP) plant here at the airport to increase our use of sustainable energy.
In the air, all our noise performance indicators are moving in the right direction. However, we continue to receive complaints from people affected by aircraft noise and during over the last twelve months we've really tried to improve how we and our airport partners engage with communities affected by aircraft operations.
Corporate responsibility is also about supporting local initiatives and in 2010, we gave £170,000 to the Gatwick Airport Community Trust to distribute to local charities and groups of their choosing. Our plans for 2011 include establishing a food sharing scheme between airport catering companies and a local charity.
These are just a few of the things we're doing - I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
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