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Reducing environmental impact & growing community programmes at the heart of their growth says Gatwick

The ‘Decade of Change’ tracks Gatwick’s progress on a series of sustainability goals and the report for 2018 – published yesterday- shows that the airport has reduced its environmental footprint and developed a strong programme of support for the local economy and local communities.

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The ten goals that make up the Decade of Change report are set over a ten-year period (2010 to 2020) and this year’s results include: 

  • Recycling and reuse increasing to 64%, with all empty coffee cups and plastics recycled and zero commercial and operational waste sent to landfill
  • Carbon emissions from ground energy are now 50% less than in 1990 which is halfway to net zero.  Aircraft emissions remained at 2017 levels and surface access emissions fell slightly
  • Gatwick’s contribution to the local economy saw 57% of Gatwick staff employed from the local area and £128 million spent with local and regional suppliers
  • Gatwick’s contribution to the local community included £192,248 raised for charity partners, 52 community events sponsored and 162 other local causes funded
  • Securing theWildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark certificate
  • Achieving44% of passengers arriving at the airport by public transport
  • Reducing the airport’s noise footprint by 7% in 2018, compared to the previous year
  • Reducing the airport’s water consumption by 5%, compared to 2018

In addition, Gatwick say they continue to operate well within annual air quality limits for NO2, PM10 and PM25. 

Sustainability has played a central role in Gatwick’s transformation since 2009 and the airport has a clear aim to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. 

The Decade of Change programme drives the airport’s sustainability targets and has seen Gatwick decouple growth from environmental impact by reducing the airport’s environmental footprint while passenger numbers have grown over 45% to over 46 million since 2009.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

“Our Decade of Change programme combines responsible environmental management with strong community programmes and has allowed us to grow while also reducing our environmental footprint.  We recognise that there is more to do and we will continue to strive in the years ahead on our journey to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.

“Achieving the aims of our Decade of Change programme involves real teamwork and thousands of airport staff have contributed to its success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part and I look forward to working together to achieve next year’s goals.”

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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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