June 15, 2024

London City Airport report outlines sustainability initiatives

A new report from London City Airport (LCY) has revealed that 68% of passengers accessed the airport by public and sustainable transport in 2022.

Data also shows that it became one of only two airports in the UK to achieve Level 4+ Transition in the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme in the same year.

The findings are part of its latest Sustainability Report, with updates on progress against the airport’s sustainability targets, including achieving net zero carbon by 2030.

London City has made good progress in recent years in reducing the carbon emissions for which it is directly responsible and continuing to maintain a reduction in emissions in 2022, despite a significant increase in passenger numbers (from 714,000 passengers in 2021 to 3 million in 2022).

In addition, the airport has been working closely with airlines and manufacturers to certify cleaner, quieter, new-generation aircraft, including the Embraer E195-E2.

It continues to collaborate with industry partners on research to achieve zero emissions, leading to more collaboration on hydrogen pipeline projects and analysis into the delivery of SAF.

Initiatives in 2022 included launching its new £50,000 biodiversity fund to support local biodiversity projects, reducing waste and single-use plastics, and eliminating single-use plastic liquids bags for security.

It also launched a new staff volunteering policy that will see all staff volunteer in the local community for a minimum of eight hours a year, increasing to two days in 2024, and continuing its youth mentoring programme.

London City Airport Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, said: “The journey to achieve net zero emissions will take time and we face similar complex, challenges as other industries around the world, including developing our future energy strategy to power our buildings and how we provide infrastructure to support our airlines with the right fuels they will need over the next decade.”