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.

Our goals 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 Emissions 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 Emissions - 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 SDGs on page 6 of our Second Decade of Change policy.

Supporting our people and local communities

Supporting our local economy

1. Local economy

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

Increasing our workforce diversity2. Opportunity and accessibility

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

Be the leading airport for the safety and wellbeing of our workforce3. 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.

Investing in our local communities4. Local communities

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

Limiting and reducing our noise impact5. 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

reducing our direct emissions

6. Airport emissions


  • Achieve Net Zero for our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
  • 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

continue our transition to net zero emissions7. Aircraft and ground transport emissions

Play our part in UK aviation and ground transport transition to net zero carbon.

  • Increase the number of passengers and colleagues using public transport. By 2030, 60% of journeys will be zero or ultra-low emissions.

Read more about sustainable surface transport

  • Work with airlines and fuel providers to apply the Sustainable Aviation decarbonisation roadmap. Set a science-based target for Gatwick.

Read more about Sustainable Aviation

Protect and enhance our local environment

reduce drinking water consumption8. 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

repurpose all materials used at the airport9. Zero waste

Ensure that by 2030 all materials used at Gatwick in operations, commercial activity and construction, are repurposed for beneficial use. I.e. repaired, reused, donated, recycled, composted or converted to fuel for heating or transport.

Read more on waste and recycling

Gatwick has over 75 hectares of land

industry leading approach to biodiversity10. Biodiversity

Industry leading 'net-gain' 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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Find out how we support the regional economy

More on Economy

Zero Waste

We send zero untreated waste to landfill

More on Recycling


Find out how we support our local community

More on Community


Find out how we're planning to reach net zero

More on Net Zero


Find out how we reduce our noise footprint

More on Noise

Building towards Gatwick 2030

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