July 17, 2024

Heathrow report outlines sustainable progress

Heathrow has published a report outlining the measures it has taken as part of its commitment to sustainable management of the airport.

Its strategy, which was relaunched in February 2022, centres on two key areas – reducing the carbon footprint of flying this decade, with 2019 as the year of peak carbon and a longer-term view to net zero by 2050, and ensuring Heathrow is a great place to live and work for colleagues and communities.

The report says that despite the Covid challenges Heathrow still made significant headway with its sustainability agenda.

Highlights from 2021 include:

  • The first shipment of sustainable aviation fuel was delivered to Heathrow’s main fuel supply, kickstarting the use of SAF at the UK’s hub airport
  • Airlines representing over 65% of Heathrow’s flights committed to using 10% or more sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 
  • Over £315,000 was contributed to Heathrow Community Trust, funding 49 projects to improve quality of life for communities near the airport
  • The airport retained the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark for the 12th year running and became a founding signatory of the Get Nature Positive campaign  
  • It continued support to local schools and families via our Heathrow Community Rangers, delivering laptops during Covid lockdowns to facilitate home learning, and providing donations to local foodbanks.