Waste and water

Waste

Responsible Heathrow 2020 - Waste and water

With 200,000 passengers and 76,000 employees passing through the terminals every day, Heathrow manages a vast amount of waste; over 25,000 tonnes a year, which we believe to be around a quarter of the total waste generated by the airport's operations.

To manage this waste effectively, we are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible.

Our ambition

Maximise the reduction, re-use and recycling of our waste.

Goal

On track

70% of waste recycled by 2020

Performance

The proportion of waste Heathrow recycles (including aircraft cabin waste) is increasing, from 46% in 2014 to 48% in 2015. We are working with the regulators and airlines to investigate opportunities to recycle some of our Aircraft Cabin Waste in a compliant manner.

Commitments

On track

10% reduction in waste per passenger by 2020 compared to a 2008 baseline (0.44kg/passenger)

Performance

Waste per passenger decreased from 0.38kg in 2014 to 0.36kg in 2015

Goal complete

Recycle 90% construction waste by 2020

Performance

98% in both 2014 and 2015

Water

Airports use significant volumes of water, and need to manage the release of waste water into sewage systems and local water courses to reduce the risk of environmental impact.

At Heathrow, we are committed to managing water sustainably by sourcing it responsibly, controlling use and efficiency, carefully managing the disposal of water, and monitoring our impacts on the surrounding environment.

Our ambition

Manage our water sustainably by sourcing responsibly, controlling efficiency, managing disposal, and monitoring our impacts

Goal

Goal complete

No airport water incidents affecting local rivers and lakes each year

Performance

There was 1 water quality non-compliance incident in 2015. This incident did not lead to any adverse impact on the environment. 

Commitments

Goal complete

Work with partners to retain the Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Benchmark annually

Performance

Heathrow has achieved the Benchmark for 8 years running. 

On track

Reduce water consumption per passenger by 2020

Performance

Heathrow achieved a 3% reduction in water consumption per passenger from 0.030 M3 in 2014 to 0.029 in 2015

Key

Performance as at January 2015

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