Heathrow delivers significant benefits for the UK, but there are downsides too, including the impact of noise on local residents.
Heathrow is already at the forefront of international management of aircraft noise and continues to work hard to reduce its impact by encouraging quieter aircraft and operating procedures and supporting local communities with noise insulation and compensation programmes.
Reduce the impact of noise and support local communities with noise mitigation and compensation schemes.
100% aircraft are quieter by international standards (ICAO Chapter 4 or better) by 2020
The proportion of ICAO Chapter 4 aircraft operating at Heathrow is increasing year on year from 98.1% in 2013 to 99.2% in 2014
0 breaches of current daytime noise limit by 2015 and a reduction in night infringements from 2006-2015
In 2014 there were 9 breaches of daytime noise limits and 26 night infringements
Deliver and engage communities in effective noise insulation schemes each year
In 2014, 1003 households responded to our engagement in relation to noise insulation schemes, compared to the 2013 baseline of 897 households.
Improve community perception that Heathrow is doing all it can to manage noise annually
The number of individual noise complainants was 8,458 people in 2014
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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