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Gatwick becomes first airport to secure ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ accreditation

Initiatives include installing 100% energy efficient LED lights on the runway, saving a million litres of water in car washes and introducing incentives for quieter aircraft.

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Paul Leonard, Airfield Engineering Manager, who led the completion of upgrade ensuring that 100% of Gatwick’s runway lights are now energy efficient LED fittings.

Gatwick has just become the first airport to achieve a Zero Waste to Landfill accreditation from the Carbon Trust – the airport announced yesterday (18 June) – as it published its annual Decade of Change report, which monitors its progress against ten sustainability targets.

The new Carbon Trust standard was established to provide a robust framework for verifying zero waste to landfill claims and recognises Gatwick for actively diverting its non-hazardous waste streams from landfill. Gatwick does this through a combination of:

  • Reducing waste and finding ways to reuse materials
  • Increasing recycling including sending all empty coffee cups and plastic bottles for specialist recycling
  • Turning waste into energy by building the world’s first on-airport plant able to convert aircraft cabin waste on site into energy

More news: Planning permission for Horsham incinerator rejected

Gatwick has also been recertified as a Carbon Neutral airport through measures including using 100% renewable electricity and Gold Standard carbon credits.

The airport also retained the accreditations it secured in 2016 for achieving ongoing reductions in carbon emissions, water use and improving waste management.

The airport’s progress report against ten ambitious environmental and community-focused targets set over the ten years (2010 to 2020) was also published yesterday.

Results in the Decade of Change report for 2017 – compared to the previous year – include:

  • 10% reduction in GAL’s annual carbon emissions from fuel and energy
  • 5% drop in annual energy consumption per passenger
  • Continued operation well below annual mean air quality limits for both NO2 and PM10
  • 56% of Gatwick employees from local area and £132.8 million spent with local suppliers
  • 40 community events sponsored and 173 local causes funded

Innovations helping Gatwick to grow sustainably, include installing 100% LED lights on the runway to improve energy efficiency, saving one million litres of water last year in the airport’s valet parking car wash, and introducing financial incentives for airlines that use quieter aircraft.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said:

 “As an airport we recognise the importance of a sustainable operation which is why exceeding our ambitious environmental and community-focused targets has been a priority for us ever since new ownership in 2009.

 I would like to thank every member of staff and our wider Gatwick Family who have all helped us to achieve both our targets and also secure four Carbon Trust standards and carbon neutral status.

 “We will continue to strive to improve our sustainability performance even further and will be announcing some more exciting initiatives in coming months.”

Hugh Jones, Managing Director, Carbon Trust Business Services, said:

 “Over the past two years Gatwick has made impressive progress on environmental performance to retain triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for continuing to reduce carbon emissions, water use and waste output.

 “We are also delighted to be able to recognise its achievement of zero waste to landfill status for the first time. Gatwick is setting an excellent example, showing how a business can improve its operational efficiency and its environmental results at the same time, as well as encouraging higher levels of action elsewhere by positively influencing other companies that operate at the airport site.”

 Olivier Jankovec, Director General, Airports Council International Europe said:

 “I warmly congratulate Gatwick on its ongoing sustainability drive. It was the first London airport to become Airport Carbon Accredited as carbon neutral and Stewart and his team have remained motivated to make further efficiencies, clearly embracing climate action as part of the company culture. Their 3 year renewal at the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation, combined with their 360° strategy to lower their broader environmental impact is something that other airports and companies beyond air transport can learn from.”

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Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!

Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.

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In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business.  None more so than at an airport.

“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”

Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.

Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:

“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.

It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest.  That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.

The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”

But what is it?

The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers.  Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.

The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner.  Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.

But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.

Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.

Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.

Smiles on the faces of passengers.

The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.

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