2:47pm. Tuesday 16 October 2012
We’ve done it again!
For the second time, our efforts to reduce our emissions has won us Carbon Trust certification, the cross-industry benchmark that shows just how seriously we take minimising our environmental impact here at Gatwick.
Our emissions are generated from, for example, burning fossil fuels like gas and oil, as well as indirect emissions including those from electricity we’ve bought, aircraft movements, airside activities and waste disposal.
Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard is the result of a great deal of effort and investment across the airport.
For example, in our offices and terminal buildings we’ve installed energy efficient and motion sensitive lighting as well as a new building management system which helps us manage our environmental impact by controlling heating, ventilating and air conditioning.
On the airfield over 97% of our aircraft use Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) when they’re landing, which means their descent is in a smooth, constant-angle descent which reduces reducing fuel consumption and emissions substantially – as well as reducing landing noise. And while we’ve been resurfacing the runway, we’ve installed energy-saving LED lighting systems. And at the end of the runway, we’ve installed 212 solar panels which will generate approximately 46MWh of renewable electricity each year and will help us decide on the feasibility of installing a larger system.
The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation at the forefront of building a low carbon economy in the UK. They’ve developed its Carbon Trust Standard certification in consultation with the private and public sector to recognise companies that are making real inroads into reducing emissions.
Obviously, we’re chuffed to have achieved their Standard, and our efforts aren’t going to stop there. Reducing emissions is a top priority for us – just take a look at the ambitious targets we’ve set ourselves in our Decade of Change strategy.
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