Decade of Change

Our new sustainability policy to 2030

Our second Decade of Change to 2030

Our next Decade of Change sustainability policy takes us to 2030. It builds on the success of our first 10 point plan.

We've created a new 10 point plan. We will continue our great work on the community and local environment. And we will increase our emphasis on people and on emissions.

Read our second Decade of Change to 2030 sustainability policy - view as PDF

Our Plan People and Communities Net Zero Local Environment

We will focus on what really matters

As 2020 has demonstrated, we live, work and operate in a complex and fast changing world. Plans can change, dates may alter, schedules move forward or push back.

Our approach to a sustainable Gatwick remains focused on what matters:

  • People and Communities - Support our people and invest in our local communities.
  • Net Zero - Continue our transition to Net Zero and improve air quality.
  • Local Environment - Reduce our impact on the local environment and waste.

Our people will be a key focus of our next Decade of Change.

Our Decade of Change goals align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By meeting our goals, we support the UK’s contribution to the global targets.

Read more on how we align with the UN on page 6 of our Second Decade of Change policy.

Supporting our people and local communities

1. Local economy

Be a partner and advocate for a thriving resilient economy. Contribute to local and regional workforce skills initiatives.

2. Opportunity and accessibility

Increase workforce diversity through recruitment, training and retention practices. Ensure our colleagues and passengers have each access and opportunities.

3. Workplace safety

Be a leading airport for the safety, health and wellbeing of our workforce and passengers. Have a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

Gatwick funds a range or local investments across Surrey, Sussex, and Kent.

4. Local communities

Invest resources in programmes and partnerships in the region. Support those communities most affected by Gatwick’s operations.

5. Noise

Limit and where possible reduce the airport’s impact on local communities. Work with partners and stakeholders to create the most noise efficient operation possible.

Continue our net zero transition

6. Airport emissions

  • Reduce our emissions by a further 25% by 2030. This will make us 80% less polluting than in 1990 (our baseline). Part of a science-based goal of reaching net zero before 2040.
  • Source 50% of our network electricity and 50% of heat network from UK renewable sources by 2030. We will generate power onsite, and buy renewable energy direct from suppliers.
  • By 2030, all on-airport vehicles must meet zero or ultra-low emission standards. This includes ground support equipment and mobile construction equipment.

We have a range of initiatives to reduce airplane noise for the local community

7. Airplane and surface access emissions

  • Play our part in UK aviation and ground transport transition to net zero carbon.
  • Work with airlines and fuel providers to apply the Sustainable Aviation decarbonisation roadmap. Set a science-based target for Gatwick.
  • Increase the number of passengers and colleagues using public transport. By 2030, 60% of journeys will be zero or ultra-low emissions.

Protect and enhance our local environment

8. Water

Reduce the airport’s drinking water consumption by 50% on a per passenger basis by 2030 (compared to 2019). Continue to improve the quality of water leaving the airport.

Read more on water treatment

9. Zero waste

By 2030, repurpose all materials used at Gatwick for beneficial use. This includes recycling construction waste or donating items no longer in use. And converting our waste to fuel for heating, or transport.

Read more on waste and recycling

Gatwick has over 75 hectares of land

10. Biodiversity

Industry leading with our approach to protecting and enhancing biodiversity at the airport. This includes zero use of pesticides by 2030.

Read more on Biodiversity

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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


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


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