Heathrow: Responsible Heathrow | Local air pollution

Local air pollution

Responsible Heathrow 2020 - Local air pollution

A range of emissions in European and UK cities contribute to local air pollution and we are committed to playing our part in improving air quality in the local area around Heathrow.As well as activities at the airport, local emissions come from surrounding roads, industry and housing.

We are working with partners to reduce emissions from aircraft, vehicles and buildings to make sure we act as a responsible neighbour and play our part in meeting EU and UK Government limits.

Our ambition

Work with partners to reduce emissions from aircraft, vehicles and buildings and act as a responsible neighbour.


No figures yet

At least 5% reduction in ground- based NOx emissions from the airport (2008/9) by 2020


Ground based NOx emissions includes emissions from aircraft on the ground, airport related road traffic and vehicles operating airside. A full emissions inventory for 2013 is currently underway and expected to be complete in December 2014, at which time we will be able to report changes in emissions since the last inventory for 2008/9


Behind progress.

90% Air Quality Strategy actions on-track or complete annually


86% actions were on track or complete in 2012.An independent verifier is assessing 2013 performance

On track.

Work with partners to reduce emissions to help to meet EU Limit Values at local air quality monitoring stations (within 2km of the airport) annually


8 out of 9 local monitoring stations reported within EU limits in 2013

On track

Greater than 85%? compliance with Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) running time allowances by 2020


Compliance has improved between 2012 (78.64%) and 2013 (84.15%)

On track

Increase proportion of cleanest aircraft by international standards ( CAEP/6 equivalent or better) to 55% by 2020


Proportion of CAEP/6 aircraft is increasing year on year, from 44.8% in 2012 to 46.18% in 2013

On track.

Reduce proportion of pre-CAEP aircraft to 0% by 2020


8.7% of aircraft were Pre-CAEP standard in 2012 and 2013

On track.

At least 75% of flights from Heathrow are operated by airlines which have adopted the Sustainable Aviation Departures Code of Practice by 2020


In 2013, 50% flights were operated by airlines that have adopted the Code


Performance as at January 2014

Behind progress indicator.Behind progress
On track indicator.On track
Goal complete indicator.Complete

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