Heathrow: Responsible Heathrow | Waste and Water

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 31% in 2012 to 41.7% in 2013. 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

Between 2012 and 2013, waste per passenger reduced by 2.3% from 0.38kg to 0.37kg

Goal complete

Recycle 90% construction waste by 2020

Performance

99% in 2013

Further information

Towards a sustainable Heathrow - A Focus on Waste

Our pioneering waste analysis (http://youtu.be/fkRX7kc02pE)

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

Heathrow caused no water quality environmental incidents in 2012 or 2013.

Commitments

Goal complete

Work with partners to retain the Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Benchmark annually

Performance

Heathrow has achieved the Benchmark for 6 years running

On track

Reduce water consumption per passenger by 2020

Performance

Heathrow achieved a 3% reduction in water consumption per passenger from 0.032 M3 in 2012 to 0.031M3 in 2013.

Key

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