Our ambition is to compete to grow and become London’s airport of choice and to achieve our ambition we have to ensure we are operating responsibly.
Achieving the right balance
We strive to strike the right balance between the environmental impacts of our operations and the social and economic benefits of the airport whilst offering our passengers a great service. There are many ways in which we endeavour to manage our operations efficiently, support the local economy and give something back to our community.
We work with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council to draw up an Agreement which outlines our obligations and commitments as we continue to develop Gatwick sustainably. Our Decade of Change is a set of commitments which keeps track of our performance against some key indicators like water, waste and carbon.
Gatwick Airport's key role in the economic, social and environmental development of the region means that many local groups and committees are involved in discussions on the airport's operation. We regularly meet representatives from local communities, councils, residents and interest groups to discuss airport issues.
Giving something back
We take our responsibilities to our local community very seriously and do our best to get involved and support the area as much as we can. Our employees volunteer and raise funds for local charities and we have excellent links with local schools, colleges and universities to help inspire and motivate young people.
Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark Award
Gatwick Airport has been awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark Award for the first time. The Biodiversity Benchmark is a nationally recognised standard for commitment to biodiversity and responsible land management.
Gatwick achieved the award for its enhancement of the biodiversity across 125 acres of land on two non-operational sites including the River Mole and the ancient Horleyland Wood.
These areas contain a range of meadows, scrub, ponds, hedgerows and woodland and the biodiversity has been improved through a range of measures, including wildlife surveying and habitat enhancement.
In addition, Gatwick Airport has supported the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership with the introduction of an Assistant People and Wildlife Officer, overseeing habitat management and coordinating volunteers who help maintain and improve the wildlife around the airport.
We will only achieve our targets by working closely with our stakeholders and business partners to deliver joint work programmes. This means that the people we work with, the companies we engage with and the passengers travelling through Gatwick all have a part to play.
Clearly we're doing something right. Earlier this year we retained our second Carbon Trust Standard certification, demonstrating a reduction in our carbon emissions, which you can read about here.
It’s not simply about improving our environmental performance, it’s about modernising the airport in the most sustainable way that will enable us to achieve our targets. It’s also about making sure that during this period of development the benefits to the economy and to our local community are maximised.