Sustainability reports

Sustainability reporting, incorporating our environmental targets and community commitments has been an integral part of our business for many years.

Image shows highlights from our 2016 sustainability performance report

We are committed to a responsible Gatwick that strikes the balance between environmental impacts and the social and economic benefits of the airport, managing and reducing our impact on the environment. 

In 2010 we launched our Decade of Change strategy which set targets across all key sustainability areas including community and local economic commitments, energy consumption, water use, waste, carbon emissions, air quality and public transport use - all for us to deliver by 2020. Each year we report on how we are progressing against our targets.

Decade of Change report 2016

Following a year of record growth, we are delighted that Gatwick has also been officially recognised as the first London carbon neutral airport through its use of 100% renewable electricity and Gold Standard carbon credits to offset ground fuel emissions.

Below you can find our sustainability report for 2016 which shows how we have progresses against the ten ambitious environmental and community-focused targets that we set ourselves to achieve between 2010 and 2020. 

Decade of change report cover 2016Highlights from our 2016 report are:

  • 5% reduction in annual carbon emissions from fuel and energy
  • 2.6% drop in annual energy consumption per passenger
  • Zero untreated operational and commercial waste to landfill
  • Continued operation well below annual mean air quality limits for both NO2 and PM10
  • 55% of Gatwick employees from local area and £139 million spent with local suppliers
  • 43 community events sponsored and 168 local causes funded 

Read our 2016 summary report  
Read our 2016 full Decade of Change report  

(Note: these are large file sizes and we recommend that you view them from your desktop.)

We are proud that Gatwick is the most efficient single runway airport in the world. This means that we have more arrivals and departures per hour than ever before and we're now over 44 million passengers a year. We have achieved all this while continuing to improve our environmental impact across many areas of our business. 

Our reporting programme also looks at our performance against our S106 Legal Agreement commitments.  We also produce 10 action plans which are closely aligned to our Decade of Change targets and the legal agreement.

Our targets and achievements are are independently verified by external consultants who endorse our performance against past targets and validate the targets and objectives that drive our performance in the year ahead.

Annual performance reports

Each year our reports called Decade of Change look at the progress we have made since the launch of our current strategy in 2010. Prior to this our reports were known as sustainability or corporate responsibility reports.

Issue by issue we set out our approach, performance and plans through to 2020 and give an update on how we are against each of our targets.

Previous reports

Decade of Change performance report 2015   
Decade of Change performance report 2014 
Decade of change report 2013 
Decade of change report 2012   
Decade of change report 2011 
Decade of change report 2010