environment and noise
We understand why people who live near Gatwick are worried about expansion. Questions of noise, air quality and the local environment are often raised with us and we understand that expansion has the potential to cause additional concerns. We included detailed information on the environment and noise effects in our submission to the Airports Commission.
Since 2009, we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 28,052 tonnes. We are working to actively reduce our environmental footprint, and will continue to do so with expansion. You can read more about our sustainability work in our Decade of Change document.
We have met all our targets on air quality and have the only LED-lit runway and taxiways in the world, which means we use 50% less energy for that than other airports. Our plan for expansion does not require the imposition of congestion charges as we are well on the way to delivering our target of 60% of all passengers arriving here on public transport by 2040.
We are committed to mitigating against the effect of noise and to compensate local people for the effects we will have. We are the only airport to offer £1,000 annual compensation via a council tax contribution for residents severely affected by noise resulting from a second runway.