Heathrow: Responsible Heathrow | Climate change

Climate change

Responsible Heathrow 2020 - Climate change

We recognise that climate change is a significant issue for aviation and are committed to playing our role in addressing it.

Advances in technology, operations and alternative fuels are all helping us to reduce emissions from our own buildings and vehicles, as well as working with our partners to help reduce emissions for which they are responsible.

Our ambition

To reduce emissions from our buildings and vehicles, and work with partners to reduce emissions that they are responsible for.


On track

A 34% reduction in CO2 emissions from energy used in buildings (1990) by 2020


A 19% reduction since 1990


Goal complete

At least 1% annual reduction in CO2 emissions from energy consumed in our buildings compared to forecast.


CO2 emissions from our buildings were 3.3% lower than forecast in 2014

Behind progress

Reduce CO2 from Heathrow Airport Limited’s vehicles annually


Carbon emissions from Heathrow Airport Ltd's vehicles increased from 8,013 tonnes in 2013 to 9,804 tonnes in 2014.

On track

Work with partners to reduce CO2 from aircraft on the ground and during departure (to 3,000ft) annually.


Carbon emissions from aircraft on the ground and during departure increased from 1,235,869 tonnes in 2013 to 1,242,471 tonnes in 2014.

Goal complete

Maintain Level 3 accreditation from Airport Council International annually.


Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme maintained for 3 years running (from 2012).

A total 90% of actions in the climate change adaptation risk matrix on track or complete annually.


All 24 of the adaptation actions are on track.


2014 Performance

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Action on climate change

We've joined the Paris Pledge for Action

Heathrow has joined the Paris Pledge for Action.

This pledge demonstrates Heathrow is ready to play our part in the global call for a credible, coherent and unmistakable signal that the ambition set out by the Paris Agreement is met, or even better, exceeded to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

We urge other businesses to call for action and join the Paris Pledge for Action.

Sign the pledge

Sustainability performance

CR index 2015 and 2014, business in the community awards and 2013 Big Tick award

Here's how Business In The Community rated our performance in its annual CR Index.

  • 4 stars 2015
  • 4 stars 2014
  • Platinum Big Tick 2013
BiTC CR Index