Gatwick to be net-zero by 2030

Gatwick has published its second Decade of Change sustainability policy which looks to 2030 goals that take into account of local and national sustainability priorities.

The new Decade of Change policy focuses on a renewed set of ten goals set over the next decade, including a Reduction of the airport’s own direct emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by a further 25 per cent by 2030 – so that emissions have reduced by 80 per cent against a 1990 baseline - as part of a science-based goal of reaching net-zero before 2040.

There will also be a partnership with airlines and fuel providers to implement the Sustainable Aviation decarbonisation roadmap and interim goals; and set a science-based target for Gatwick.

At a local level, Gatwick will aim to create zero waste by ensuring that all materials used in operations, commercial activity and construction are repurposed for beneficial use and continue a sector leading net gain approach to protecting and enhancing biodiversity and habitats on the airport, including zero use of pesticides by 2030.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said: “By combining a healthy economy, sensible use of financial resources, human and technological innovation, teamwork and partnerships, over the next ten years Gatwick will work towards becoming a net-zero airport, conserving water and sustaining good jobs and strong, inclusive employment, to benefit the local community, the environment and the economy.”

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