Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s new sustainability strategy, has launched a series of new initiatives to make Heathrow into a centre of excellence for aviation.
The plans include a new R&D incubator, an ambition for growth from a new runway to be carbon neutral and at least halving the number of late-running departures to reduce noise for local communities.
Speaking at the BCC’s Annual Conference, Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye unveiled Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s new sustainability leadership strategy which aspires to make the airport a centre of excellence for the aviation industry. The strategy announces plans to reduce the airport’s and the industry’s environmental impacts while maximising economic opportunities throughout the UK.
The Airport say Heathrow 2.0 was drafted with input from environmental groups, academics, community leaders, as well as Heathrow colleagues, passengers, commercial partners and suppliers.
As part of Heathrow 2.0, the airport has invested an initial £500,000 in its first R&D incubator to minimise aviation’s impacts like noise and carbon emissions. Heathrow will consult leading experts to identify participants from the aviation industry, academia and business. By the end of the year, more funding sources will also be identified so that the incubator opens its doors in 2019.
Heathrow 2.0 puts forward targets to deliver a sustainable future for aviation. It includes an aspiration to make growth from a new runway at Heathrow carbon neutral, and the use of 100% renewable electricity at the airport from 2017. It also proposes establishing an airside ultra-low emission zone by 2025, to improve quality of life through cleaner air.
Heathrow 2.0 also outlines new initiatives for the benefit of local communities – including a voluntary Quiet Night Charter seeking to at least halve by 2022 the number of flights on non-disrupted days leaving late after 1130pm. Heathrow 2.0 launches a “Fly Quiet and Clean” league table, which will publicly rank airlines according to their noise and emissions.
Finally, Heathrow 2.0 aims to create 10,000 apprenticeships by 2030 with a third runway, and publish a roadmap in 2017 setting out how to transition Heathrow’s supply chain employees working at the airport to be paid the London Living Wage.
Speaking to participants at the BCC conference, Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow 2.0. is a step-change for our business, and accelerates the shift in our industry towards a sustainable future for aviation. By focusing on the long-term, and through working together, we can deliver a world-leading economy – innovative, competitive, successful and sustainable. And we can create a future where our business, our people, our communities, our country and our world, can all thrive.”
Andrew Dakers, CEO of West London Business said: “With Heathrow 2.0 the airport has set out a comprehensive and stretching framework for a sustainable future for the airport, its connections with local communities and the economy, as well as the wider aviation industry. Heathrow 2.0 builds on an impressive track record. Just one example of the airport’s accelerating shift to more environmentally sustainable operations is the biomass powered Heathrow Energy Centre. The new strategy has all the right ingredients to establish the airport as a global centre of excellence in sustainability. As well as the strategy’s zero carbon ambitions, we particularly welcome the integration of circular economy thinking into the detailed plan. A circular economy approach can further deepen the airport’s links with the West London economy, and ensure that as one community we make vastly more efficient use of our resources, substantially reduce waste and develop the sharing economy.”