Sustainability: our 10 point plan

Sustainability: our 10 point plan

At the core of our journey towards a sustainable Gatwick, in 2010, we created a 10 point sustainability plan – 10 issues and 10 years to achieve them. We call it our Decade of Change.

Decade of Change sets challenging targets as we work towards our goal of being a sustainable airport. It incorporates and goes further than the legal obligations we signed up to in 2008 in our S106 agreement with our local authorities.

Our 10 year 10 point strategy to make Gatwick more sustainable is: 

1. Community

Share the benefits of Gatwick's growth, contributing to the social, environmental and educational development of our community. 
Find out more about our work with the local communities

2. Economy

Develop and fulfil our role as an economic driver of local, regional and national significance.
Find out about our important role in the regional economy

Carbon footprint

3. Carbon

Reduce our carbon emissions by 50% (Total known CO2 at a 1990 baseline vs 2020 scope 1 & 2 emissions). 25% of our energy to come from renewable sources.

Air Quality

4. Air quality

Improve air quality impacts using new technology, processes and systems.

Find out more about more about air quality in and around Gatwick in the annual Joint Report on air quality monitoring by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and GAL.



5. Noise

Be consistently recognised as a best practice operator for noise management.  
Find out more about how we manage aircraft noise

Transport6. Transport

Achieve 40% public transport mode share for air passengers and staff by the time the airport reaches 40mppa.

Identify feasible measures to achieve a stretch target of 45% public transport mode share once the 40% target at 40mppa has been achieved.

Achieve a quality service rating of 4.5 (1 is lowest, 5 is the highest) for all surface access transport modes and facilities by the time the airport reaches 40mppa.

Energy7. Energy

20% reduction in energy (against 1990 baseline) and water consumption (against 2010 baseline)



8. Waste

Generate no untreated waste to landfill and achieve a 70% waste recycling rate.


9. Water

Continually improve the quality of water leaving the airport. 

Achieve a 20% reduction in water consumptions (against 2010 baseline)


10. Biodiversity

Have an award winning approach to biodiversity through achieving a nationally recognised award for ecological awareness.

Find out more about our biodiversity work through our annual biodiversity review and our ecologists blog. 

Read our Decade of Change strategy to find out more. 

Decade of Change performance reporting

Each year we report on how we are progressing against our targets in our Decade of Change performance reports. You can read our latest report and those from previous years on our corporate responsibility reporting page.

For any other information, please feel free to contact our sustainability team at 

Working with our airport partners

We knew that if Decade of Change was going to be successful we’d need the support of our employees from day one. We created a Decade of Change working group with representatives from every area of our business to ensure that the key principles and targets of Decade of Change were embedded into the everyday operation of the airport - from the way we procure goods to how we look after our people, maintain a safe and secure airport and deliver a sustainable construction programme.

We also work closely with the airport business community – the airlines, retailers, construction firms, cleaning companies, hotels and other companies operating at our airport. We collaborate with our airlines on the Gatwick Fly Quiet and Clean aircraft noise framework; waste management; use of cleaner and quieter vehicles; and encouraging their passengers to use public transport to and from the airport. And we work with our other airport business partners on issues including energy and water efficiency, waste management and staff commuting.  

Find out more about how we're working with our airport partners in our Decade of Change reports.