Sustainability reports | Gatwick Airport

Sustainability reports

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

We launched our Decade of Change sustainability strategy in May 2010 as part of our ambitious plans to transform the airport by competing to grow and becoming London’s airport of choice.

Decade of Change sets out our commitment to operating and developing Gatwick in a sustainable way, combining responsible environmental management with strong community programmes, and setting ambitious targets for us to deliver by 2020. We have also stretched several of our goals and stated our ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. Decade of Change continues to guide our business and motivate our people and provides a strong foundation for further ambitious sustainability goals beyond 2020.

Decade of Change report 2019

As our 2019 report shows, we have continued to deliver in all areas while increasing our focus on local economic and community initiatives, further improving our recycling rate, and collaborating with industry partners on the roadmap to decarbonise UK aviation. We have committed publicly to become a net zero airport well before 2050, and to play our part in UK aviation getting there too. 

You can read our full report here, and we have also produced a summary report. Some of our key improvements over 2019 are:  

  • Waste: for the 4th year we sent no untreated waste to landfill. We also further increased our waste reuse/recycling to 71% - up from 64% last year - this includes 10% turned into biomass onsite. Again, we recycled all empty coffee cups and plastic bottles. 
  • Carbon: we retained Level 3+ 'neutral' Airport Carbon Accreditation.
  • Community: £1 million from the Gatwick Foundation Fund has helped more than 100,000 local people since its launch in 2016.
  • Biodiversity: we retained The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark for the 6th year.
  • Surface transport: 47% of passengers used public transport to get to Gatwick. 
  • Noise: 62% of flights are by the quietest aircraft (in 2018 it was 56%).
I am proud of the Airport’s achievements on our economic, social and environmental performance and I am confident that as we evolve our next Decade of Change plan, we’ll seek to build on what we have already achieved.

 Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport

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

Previous reports

Read our full Decade of Change report 2018 
Decade of Change performance report 2017  
Decade of Change performance report 2016   
Decade of change report 2010