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.

Goal

Complete

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

Performance

Ground based NOx emissions includes emissions from aircraft on the ground, airport related road traffic and vehicles operating airside.There has been a 16% reduction between 2008/09 and 2013. 

Commitments

On track

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

Performance

92% actions were on track or complete in 2015, compared to 90% in 2014. 

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

Performance

9 out of 11 local monitoring stations reported within EU limits in 2015

On track

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

Performance

In 2015, compliance was 88%

On track

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

Performance

Proportion of CAEP/6 aircraft is increasing year on year, from 54.81% in 2014 to 56.8% in 2015

On track.

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

Performance

4.85% of aircraft were Pre-CAEP standard in 2015 compared to 6.2% in 2014

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

Performance

In 2015, 100% flights were operated by airlines that have adopted the Code 

Key

2015 Performance 

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

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