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 24% 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 4.4% lower than forecast in 2013

On track

Reduce CO2 from Heathrow Airport Limited’s vehicles annually


Carbon emissions from Heathrow Airport Ltd's vehicles reduced from 9,572 tonnes in 2012 to 7,970 tonnes in 2013.

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 reduced from 1,220,069 tonnes in 2012 to 1,208,146 tonnes in 2013.

Goal complete

Maintain Level 3 accreditation from Airport Council International annually.


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

No figures yet

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


A new commitment to be reported for 2014.


Performance as at January 2014

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Sustainability awards

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