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Heathrow aims to be the world's 'most responsible' hub – John Holland-Kaye

Heathrow's chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, will today call for global leaders to take action to cut carbon emissions in a panel discussion at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva.

He will also highlight the difference Heathrow’s success stories in carbon reduction have made. 

According to Holland-Kaye, Heathrow is a global leader in carbon reduction.

Its Terminal 2, the Heathrow Commuter Programme and the Heathrow Sustainability Partnership have certainly all been included in Aviation Climate Solutions, a report outlining 100 international aviation initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the industry’s impact on climate change.  

As part of Heathrow’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions it has achieved a Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation, which confirms the airport has ‘optimised’ its carbon footprint reduction by engaging with third parties when measuring and reducing its carbon footprint.

The airport has committed to a further 34% reduction in CO2 emissions from energy used in buildings by 2020, as well as reducing CO2 from the airports vehicles by a rapid transformation of the Heathrow Airport Ltd fleet of cars and small vans to electric by 2020.
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Terminal 2 is the only BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s environmental assessment methodology) certified airport terminal and its cutting-edge sustainable design, and use of biomass fuel is one measure which has helped to reduce Heathrow’s C02 emissions by almost 20% since 1990.   

It has also been a long-standing supporter of tackling emissions from flights through a market-based measure to address our impact on climate change and supported aviation’s inclusion in the European Emissions Trading Scheme in 2012, as a first to a global carbon emissions trading scheme.  

Heathrow, led by Airports Council International, has signed an open letter at the conference calling for governments to support the aviation industry’s approach to climate change, including improved efficiency in air traffic management, and accelerating research for alternative fuels and new technology.

In particular the letter calls for the industry’s global regulator, ICAO, to agree a mandatory carbon offset scheme to be introduced in 2020.
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It is believed that this approach will allow the industry to stabilise its net CO2 emissions from 2020 through carbon-neutral growth, where traffic growth would be offset through UN-certified carbon reductions in other sectors.

The aviation industry will also reduce net CO2 emissions from aviation to half of what they were in 2005, by 2050.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Chief Executive, said: “Heathrow’s ambition is to be the world’s most responsible hub airport and to do that we must find innovative solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges, including those around carbon."

Michael Gill, executive director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), noted: “Aviation plays a vital role in the world economy, providing connectivity for people and business. Our industry has also taken a lead in climate action, putting in place a comprehensive framework and goals to reduce emissions from air transport.

"The Aviation Climate Solutions are a set of case studies showing how different parts of the industry all over the world, including Heathrow Airport are working together to reduce our climate impact.”


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