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Reduce our contribution to climate change

Aircraft landing

We believe that the growth of aviation and avoiding dangerous climate change is not a zero sum game.  Both can be achieved through technological advances, low carbon fuels and more efficient operations supported by aviation's participation in open emissions trading.

We seek to manage emissions from activities which we control as well as those we can only guide and influence.


The report Towards a Sustainable Heathrow - A Focus on Climate Change describes in detail how we manage Heathrow's carbon footprint.

Heathrow's operations generated a carbon footprint of 2.32 million tonnes of CO2 in 2011.  This includes emissions from aircraft landing, taking off and moving on the ground as well as from passengers and staff traveling to the airport and activities around terminals. As Heathrow's owners, we are directly responsible for approximately 15% of Heathrow's carbon footprint (control), mainly from electricity and gas use, as well as fuel used in vehicles that we own.  For information about our carbon footprint please click here.

Climate change management approach

We control:  Energy and fuel used to operate buildings and our airport vehicles
By:  Making new facilities as energy efficient as possible, sourcing more renewable power and encouraging staff to save energy

We guide: Aircraft movements on the ground, staff travel and third party vehicles
By: Supporting employees to travel to work by public transport and encouraging car sharing, cycling and motorcycling.  Also, working with Heathrow's airlines to reduce emissions from their airside and landside vehicles and aircraft moving on the ground.

We influence: Aircraft taking off and landing and passenger travel to the airport
By: Investing in public transport links and through our membership of industry groups that advocate aviation's fair and equitable inclusion  in an international climate change deal.

For more information on our progress in this area see our Action Plan Summary (449KB PDF)


Sustainability awards

Sustainability BITC pink planters