A major international airport such as Heathrow can impact on the environment in three main ways:
- Impacts upon the local environment - air and ground noise, water, land and air quality and changes to biodiversity on our land
- Use of energy, water and materials and the generation of waste
- Contribution to global climate change - through the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
We seek to prevent, reduce or offset Heathrow's significant adverse effects on the environment and enhance positive effects by:
As the owner of Heathrow, we manage environmental impacts which result from the airport operations that we directly control. We also guide other companies at Heathrow towards making their airport activities more sustainable. In addition, we engage with a range of national and international stakeholders to influence change more broadly.
See our Environmental Policy (147KB PDF) for detailed information on our environmental managing principles and strategy.