Our First Decade of Change 2010-2020

How well did we track against our first 10 point plan

Did we achieve our 2010 policy?

In 2010, we created a 10 point sustainability policy – 10 issues and 10 years to achieve them. We called it our Decade of Change.

We set challenging targets as we worked towards our goal of being a sustainable airport. It included and went further than our legal obligations - our Section 106 agreement.

10 years on and we are very proud with the progress we have made. Explore the tabs below to find out how we performed against our 10 point plan.

Read the 2019 Decade of Change Performance report - view in PDF

Find out how well we did with our 10 point plan

People and Communities Net Zero Environment

Supporting our people and local communities

By 2020 we wanted to:

1. Demonstrate that we are a trusted and valued neighbour

Share the benefits of Gatwick's growth. Contributing to the social, environmental and educational development of our community. 

Did we achieve it? By 2020, 75% of people in our communities said they are proud of Gatwick. We contributed £1.97 million to the Gatwick Airport Community Trust since 2010.

Read more about our work with the local communities

 

2. Fulfil our role as an economic driver of local, regional and national significance

Develop and fulfil our role as an economic driver of local, regional and national significance.

Did we achieve it? By 2020, we generated £2.7 billion to regional GDP. We boosted UK trade by £7.2 billion.

Read more about our economic impact

Our Gatwick Foundation Fund supports initiatives in areas affected by airport operations

3. Reduce the impact of operational noise

NoiseBe consistently recognised as a best practice operator for noise management.  

Did we achieve it? By 2020, 62% of aircraft meet the highest ICAO noise standard. We track keep 98% of flight noise.

Read more about how we manage airplane noise

More detail about our results can be found in the 2019 Decade of Change Performance report.

Continue our net zero transition

By 2020 we wanted to:

4. Reduce our carbon emissions by 50% (vs. 1990)

Carbon footprint

Reduce our carbon emissions by 50%. (Total known CO2 at a 1990 baseline vs 2020 scope 1 & 2 emissions).

Did we achieve it? By 2020, we reduced our overall carbon emmisions by 54% (vs. 1990). In 2017, airport operations were certified carbon neutral.

Read more on our transition to net zero

5. Improve air quality impacts

Air Quality

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

Did we achieve it? By 2020, 30% of airplanes meet the highest standard for engine emissions.

Read more on air quality in our annual Joint Report on air quality monitoring.

We use LED lighting in our terminals and on our runways

6. 20% reduction in energy consumption

Energy

20% reduction in energy (against 1990 baseline).

Did we achieve it? By 2020, we reduced our energy consumption by 11% (vs.1990). We replaced our terminal and runway lights with energy efficient LEDs.

Read more on our energy concumption

7. Increase sustainable access options for our passengers and staff

Transport

Achieve 40% public transport mode share for air passengers and staff by the time the airport reaches 40mppa. We aimed to increase this to 45% if possible.

Did we achieve it? By 2020, 47% of passengers reach Gatwick by public transport. 43% of staff use public transport to get to work.

Read more on sustainable transport

More detail about our results can be found in the 2019 Decade of Change Performance report.

Protect and enhance our local environment

By 2020 we wanted to: 

8. Generate no waste to landfill

Waste

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

Did we achieve it? We have sent zero untreated waste to landfill since 2016. 70% of waste is recycled and 30% is used to make energy.

Read more on our waste management

9. Reduce the amount of drinking water used

Water

Reduce the amount of drinking water used by 25% (vs. 2010 benchmark)

Did we achieve it? We reduced our water consumption by 25% (vs. 2010).

Read more about our water treatment

We send zero untreated waste to landfill

10. Have an award winning diodiversity approach

Biodiversity

Achieving a nationally recognised award for ecological awareness.

Did we achieve it? We have been accredited by the Wildlife Trust with a Biodiversity benchmark since 2013.

75 hectares of airport land is actively managed for biodiversity.

Read more about our Biodiversity and greenspaces

More detail about our results can be found in the 2019 Decade of Change Performance report.

What's next? Our plan to 2030

Find out more about

Economy

Gatwick could create £8.4 billion for the region by 2028

More on Economy

Net Zero

We are on track to reach net zero emissions by 2040

More on Net Zero

Community

We fund and sponsor a range of initiatives in the region

More on Community

Zero Waste

Since 2016, we have sent zero untreated waste to landfill

More on Recycling

Noise

94% of our flights use the newest fuel-efficient planes

More on Noise

Building towards Gatwick 2030

Find out more about our Second Decade of Change to 2030
Second Decade of Change to 2030