Heathrow expansion will go beyond meeting local air quality limits

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 28th May 2015

Home > News > Heathrow expansion will go beyond meeting local air quality limits

Home > News > Heathrow expansion will go beyond…

Heathrow Airport has today submitted its response to the Airports Commission Air Quality consultation, a process launched in 8th May and closing tomorrow. The Airports Commission has completed a thorough assessment of the air quality impacts for all three expansion options – Heathrow, Gatwick and Heathrow Hub.

After rigorous assessment, and based on a conservative analysis of Heathrow’s proposed mitigation measures, the Commission confirms Heathrow can expand within air quality limits.

Heathrow has a good track record of improving air quality. Actions we have taken, such as incentivising cleaner planes and operating procedures, have reduced emissions by 16% over 5 years.

Heathrow has a good track record of improving air quality. Actions we have taken, such as incentivising cleaner planes and operating procedures, have reduced emissions by 16% over 5 years.

Heathrow’s response to the Airports Commission outlines actions we have taken since our technical submission in June 2014, including the airport’s investment of £16 million to widen airfield taxiways to reduce emissions from aircraft on the ground, as well as the launch of the airport’s Blueprint for reducing emissions – a 10 point plan to further reduce emissions, including creating an ultra-low emissions zone at the airport by 2025.

The Airports Commission has found Heathrow’s proposals to institute vehicle standards aligned to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, charge airlines less for cleaner planes emissions and promote the use of electric vehicles mean that air quality limits can be met around Heathrow.

Heathrow goes above and beyond

In addition, Heathrow has proposed further measures which have not yet been fully taken into account in the assessment, but which the Commission states are ‘credible’, including:

  • Heathrow’s complete surface access strategy which includes increasing public transport options to Heathrow, which will mean more than 50% of passengers travel to the airport by public transport by the time a third runway opens including by Crossrail, Western Rail Access, improved tube services and the potential Southern Rail Access.

  • Cleaner airport operations on the ground as improved technology and processes being rolled out across Europe make ground movements much more efficient

  • If necessary, the potential to introduce a congestion charge to reduce the number of cars. Any congestion charge would be subject to a full public consultation

If all of Heathrow’s mitigation proposals are taken into account, and if Government and local authorities seize the opportunity of Heathrow expansion as the catalyst to finally address pollution arising from non-airport related road traffic on the M4, air quality around the airport would be improved beyond simply meeting legal requirements.

Heathrow has welcomed the consultation process, and in fact called for it in its February 2015 response to the Airports Commission.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow Sustainability and Environment Director, says: “The Airports Commission Air Quality analysis has confirmed an expanded Heathrow will go beyond meeting local air quality limits. We worked with local communities and campaign groups so that our new approach to Heathrow expansion would deliver the right environmental solution as well as the right solution for the economy.”

“Now let’s get on with it.”

Download Heathrow’s consultation response here.

 UPDATE: Night 3 Quiz Competition now closed…

The Night 3 Quiz Competition to win a Kindle Paperwhite electronic reader is now closed, but don’t despair – you can still enter Night 4′s quiz here.

UPDATE: Enter the BBC Airport Live Night 3 Quiz Competition

Here at yourHeathrow we’re giving away Kindle Paperwhite electronic reader to one lucky viewer following each episode this week, all you have to do is enter the Night 3 quiz here!

11pm, June 19: Review

Keeping it all running smoothly’ was the theme of episode 3 of Airport Live, presented by Kate Humble, Dallas Campbell and Anita Rani, presenting live from the Control Tower, the BA Paint Bay and the airfield.

While Sophie from BA showed us how they keep their aircraft gleaming and protected against the elements, viewers were entertained by Dallas “Smudge” Campbell painting his own bit of the plane (which might need repainting…). Check out our interactive map, here, for more info on painting planes.

Viewers then got a look at how air traffic controllers manage inflight aircraft in four holding stacks around the airport, while there was also an explanation of how weather at home and abroad can affect operations.

Janine from Virgin Atlantic while live from the runway then took viewers through the process of turning around aircraft for long haul flights and explained how they get baggage and cargo onto their aircraft before their flights “push back” at the schedule departure time.

Virgin Atlantic’s Cargo Manager Ben Crump then showed off some of the one and a half million tonnes of cargo which pass through Heathrow each year – from racing cars to the family hound, an amazing two-thirds of which arrives in passenger flights. Oh and tonight there just happened to be a whole lot of Salmon on the move…

From there, presenter Dallas Campbell then got a rare chance to co-pilot an A380 in the BA simulator, where their pilots are preparing for the arrival of BA’s A380 aircraft next month.

Viewers then followed a Lufthansa flight as it performed a go-around due to high wind. Go-arounds happen once a day on average at Heathrow for one reason or another.

During and after the show, passengers and viewers took part in a live web chat with Virgin Atlantic Pilot, Captain Graham Ellison, who climbed on board to answer questions about what it’s like to be a pilot on our new interactive website yourHeathrow (check out the recorded live chat for more info).

Significantly the hashtag #airportlive trended on twitter for the third night in a row, with the world’s second ranked tennis player, and UK favourite, Andy Murray also getting in on the action.

Enjoyed Airport Live? Get involved with yourHeathrow…

If you want to get behind the scenes of Heathrow Airport for yourself check out our interactive map, get involved with our quiz competitions each morning (check out Night 2’s quiz here before 11.59pm tonight), or if you’re a junior airport fan why not get involved with the Colour Heathrow competition to win a remote control aircraft!

We’ll have more profile pieces tomorrow morning on the stars of airport live as well!

Check out our Night 4 Preview and get involved with yourHeathrow via our live chat tomorrow night – we’ll have Heathrow’s Matt Gorman to talk all things noise, sustainability, and his favourite band  The Stone Roses – or on twitter @yourHeathrow!

7.45pm, June 19: Join our live chat now…Virgin Atlantic’s Graham Ellison will be joining us later on in the show…

9.30am, June 17: Preview

On night three, BBC Two’s Airport Live will explore all the things that go into “Keeping it all running smoothly” at a major international airport ranging from keeping the planes in tip-top condition, to keeping the runways clear regardless of the weather.

Did you know each plane has to be repainted roughly every 5 years using over 1,000 litres of paint each time? In this episode the BBC will explore British Airways’ committed plane painters, looking at how they manage to protect these amazing aerial machines from mother nature.

Snow can cause major safety and delay problems for an airport, which is why Heathrow ground staff practice clearing the runway prior to such events – and you’ll get an inside look into the many machines and techniques used this during the show. There’s also the machines that help move the cargo and baggage on display!

Check out also the segments on a day in the life of an air traffic controller, and an up close and personal look at the passionate plane spotters and “av geeks” that visit Heathrow regularly.

What’s on yourHeathrow…

During the show we’ll have a live chat discussion operating, while from 9 until 9.45pm we’ll have a Virgin Atlantic Pilot, Captain Graham Ellison, aboard to answer all your questions about what it’s like to be a pilot.

Ever wondered how your baggage gets from check-in onto the aircraft and then back to you again? We’ll have a behind the scenes look available for you at the hi-tech and fast-paced magic that makes it possible.

We’ll also have a third cartoon image available in the Colour Heathrow competition, new features on the yourHeathrow interactive map and more profile pieces of the stars.

To get involved join in the live chat here between 7.45 and 9pm, send us a tweet @yourHeathrow using the hashtag #airportlive or leave a comment below! We’re also on instagram (Heathrow_Airport) and facebook!

UPDATE: Night 2 Quiz Competition now closed…

The Night 2 Quiz Competition to win a Kindle Paperwhite electronic reader is now closed, but don’t despair – you can still enter Night 3′s quiz here.

9am, June 19: Enter the BBC Airport Live Night 2 Quiz Competition

Here at yourHeathrow we’re giving away Kindle Paperwhite electronic reader to one lucky viewer following each episode this week, all you have to do is enter the Night 2 quiz here!

11pm, June 18: Night 2 Review

With Kate Humble hosting from the air traffic control tower, Night 2 of Airport Live took a behind the scenes look into the people systems and science that keeps passengers flying.

Beginning with a look into the world of NATS air traffic control and the management of over 1,400 landings and departures every day, the episode then went on to have a look at “the invisible menace” – wake turbulence.

A visit to the NATS team at Swanick helped show how the UK’s ‘motorways in the sky’ are managed safely and efficiently. Dan Snow then revealed how wake turbulence affects the order in which aircraft of different size can depart and arrive from the airport.

A live, shorthaul turnaround by British Airways was followed as the ground handlers prepared an aircraft arriving from Hamburg to depart for Paris within 50 minutes.

Glenn Palmer, an Aircraft Marshaller who has worked at Heathrow for over 25 years, taught Dallas Campbell how to hand-marshal an aircraft (we’ll have a profile of Glen for you tomorrow here). Few that watched the program will forget Campbell complete with “hi vis” safety jacket waving his arms about to guide in a Bulgaria Air flight onto a Terminal 4 stand.

In a precursor to a piece later on this week on “plane spotters”, Simon Newbold, Airside Safety Manager then gave viewers an insight into the finer points of aircraft idenification.

Overnight a busy runway resurfacing team worked quickly to maintain the runway before a final clean, inspection and hand over back to air traffic control for normal operation. Airport Live then explored what happens overnight in the terminals and the magic that prepares Heathrow for action every day.

View Airport live on BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018t3xg

Enjoyed Airport Live? Get involved with yourHeathrow…

If you want to get behind the scenes of Heathrow Airport for yourself check out our interactive map, get involved with our quiz competitions each morning (check out Night 1’s quiz here before 11.59pm tonight), or if you’re a junior airport fan why not get involved with the Colour Heathrow competition to win a remote control aircraft!

We’ll have more profile pieces tomorrow morning on the stars of airport live as well!

Check out our Night 3 Preview and get involved with yourHeathrow via our live chat tomorrow night (we’ll have Captain Graham Ellison on from Virgin Atlantic to answer all your questions about being a pilot) or on twitter @yourHeathrow!

7.45pm, June 18: Join the live chat now and tune into BBC Two Airport live at 8pm!

9.35am, June 17: Preview

On night two, BBC Two’s Airport Live will take a look at “The ticking clock” behind managing the world’s busiest international airport including turning around a short haul flight, marshalling a plane, and air traffic control training.

The show will also explore Heathrow at night as each terminal goes to sleep and is made ready for the next day at thousands more passengers.

Viewers will also get to take a look at some of the strange, wonderful and just weird cargo that comes through the airport’s doors every day, which we also explore further here on the yourHeathrow interactive map.

How and why wake turbulence affects aircraft will be looked at while we’ll also get to explore an A380 and how the aircraft has changed the industry.

What’s on yourHeathrow…

During the show we’ll have a live chat discussion operating with a chance for viewers to ask more about each segment, follow what our friends at British Airways and NATS are saying, and communicate with our fellow aviation lovers.

On the yourHeathrow interactive map we’ll have some new features for you to find, while we’ll also publish our second cartoon image in the Colour Heathrow competition! You’ll also find more profiles of the stars of airport live from Heathrow!

To get involved visit the live chat on this site from 7.45 until 9.45pm, send us a tweet @yourHeathrow using the hashtag #airportlive or leave a comment below! We’re also on instagram (Heathrow_Airport) and facebook!

Expanding the UK’s only hub airport is a decision that will help support the government’s aims of transforming Northern growth, rebalancing the country’s economy and establishing the North as a global powerhouse.

Connecting Northern England to the world

Heathrow complements the role of other UK airports, it doesn’t compete. Airports in the North of England have added routes to hubs in Europe and the Middle East but there will always be destinations that local demand alone cannot sustain, and that’s where Heathrow comes in.

Heathrow puts Britain right at the heart of the global economy, and allows us to be one of the world’s great trading nations by pooling UK demand as a hub – combining business, transfer and leisure passenger demand, with cargo.

As a result, Heathrow serves 75 destinations not served by any other UK airport and one of just six in the world to serve more than 50 long haul routes.

This means Heathrow can be integral to the Northern Powerhouse project by empowering cities across the North of England with better and more frequent global connections.

How Heathrow expansion will benefit the Northern Powerhouse? The breakdown…

An independent report based, on analysis by the Airports Commission, confirmed Heathrow expansion will deliver huge benefits to the north of England..

The report found expanding Heathrow could create up to 31,600 new jobs across the North of England and up to a £25.5bn economic boost to the Northern economy.

The report found expanding Heathrow could create up to 31,600 new jobs across the North of England and up to a £25.5bn economic boost to the Northern economy.

Trade is likely to play a big part in economic growth. As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow makes it easier for British businesses to get to world markets and for inward investors, tourists and students to come here.

The same Heathrow flights carrying business people around the world also carry over 25% of the UK’s long-haul export goods – compared to less than 1% via Gatwick.

Backed by the North

Over 30 Chambers of Commerce from across the UK, as well as regional airports and local authorities, are supporting Heathrow expansion as they recognise the unique benefits it provides as the nation’s hub.

It is also why our expansion plans are supported across the Northern Powerhouse.

Supporters in the north include airports in Liverpool, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle, as well as Chambers of Commerce in Liverpool, Lancashire, Harrogate, Doncaster, the North East, Cumbria and West & North Yorkshire.

Expansion at Heathrow must be permitted at the earliest possible moment. Securing our national hub, a key national asset and a wealth creator for regions such as the North East, allows us to move forward and address the challenges we face and in so doing, help businesses link to and create the opportunities that provide for our quality of life.

– James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive – North East Chamber of Commerce

Heathrow expansion is a game-changer for the whole of Britain – let’s get on with it.

Latest news: Heathrow launches new interactive rail journey times map – see how your rail journey time will dramatically improve here.

 

1              Promoter’s name and address

1.1          The promoter is LHR Airports Limited of The Compass Centre, 1st Floor, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW (“Heathrow”).

2              How to participate

2.1          Entry is open to any person aged 18 and over with an acceptable and recognised form of identification together with proof of address.

2.2          No purchase necessary.  Entry is free of charge and Heathrow shall not charge any person for entering or attempting to enter the competition.

2.3          To be eligible for the competition the entrant must vote for one lipstick colour from the five provided and share the competition using the functionality on the website to their personal Facebook or Twitter profile. No further action is needed for all eligible entries to then be submitted to a grand prize draw to be announced at the end of the campaign.

2.4          There are no limitations to the number of entries submitted by a person daily or for the duration of the competition.

2.5          Entries that do not contain the components set out at paragraph

2.3 and 2.4 above will not be valid.

2.6          Any breach of these terms and conditions by an entrant will void an entry.

2.7          Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will void an entry.

3              Start date

3.1          This competition will be open from midnight (0:00am BST) Tuesday 26 May 2015 and votes and shares submitted on or after this date will be valid.

4              Closing date

4.1          The closing date for this competition will be 23:59 (BST) on 10 June 2015 and any votes and shares after this date will not be valid.

5              Selection of the winner

5.1          A winner for a lipstick will be announced daily through random selection by Heathrow from Wednesday 26 May until Wednesday 10 June 2015.

5.2          Each lipstick winner will be announced at 4.00pm (BST) daily from Wednesday 26 May until Wednesday 10 June 2015. The grand prize winner of the beauty pack will be contacted within 48 hours of the campaign  closing at 23:59 (GMT) on 11 June 2014.

5.3          Heathrow’s decision regarding the result of the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into by Heathrow.

5.4          If the winner is not in communication with Heathrow within 7 days of being first notified, an alternate winner will be selected.

5.5          Proof of identification for the winner and the person they share their prize with will be required.

6              Prize

6.1          Each daily winner will receive (1) lipstick. The grand prize winner will receive a beauty pack including 5 lipsticks, blush, eyeliner, mascara, primer, bronzer and a fragrance. All brands to be decided by Heathrow.

6.2          The Heathrow prize is not transferable and non-exchangeable. No cash alternative is available.

7              Restrictions and requirements

7.1          The competition is not open to any Heathrow employees.

7.2          The competition is not open to any companies, agencies or family members of employees directly connected with the creation or administration of this promotion.

7.3          The winner may be required to take part in publicity resulting from this competition.

7.4          The competition is open to all international residents. Heathrow will send the prizes via Royal Mail however will not be responsible for lost items or customs charges that may be incurred by the winner.

8              Personal data

8.1          Any personal data provided by an entrant will remain confidential to Heathrow and will not be disclosed to any third party without the entrant’s prior consent, except that Heathrow reserves the right to use the information for the purposes of facilitating the competition including but not limited to publishing the name of the winner on its website & social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram), as well as providing the prize winner’s details to third parties for the purposes of administering the competition including but not limited to the actual providers of the prize.

8.2          Heathrow will be using the third party provider SHORTSTACK.COM to administer the competition. All personal data provided by an entrant (Twitter Profile link and Facebook profile links) will be used by Heathrow solely for the purposes of administering the competition and will be securely destroyed from SHORTSTACK.COM within 120 days of the closing date, unless the entrant has elected to receive further promotional or marketing information. Further information on SHORTSTACK.COM’s privacy policy can be viewed via their website: http://www.shortstack.com/privacy-policy/

9              General

9.1          Heathrow reserves the right to cancel, modify or supersede the competition at any time if, in Heathrow’s sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified.

9.2          This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

9.3          These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

9.4          Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by an entrant will void their entry. Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will invalidate an entry.

Heathrow has released a new presentation outlining how and why Heathrow expansion, is Britain’s final call to keep the UK at the centre of the global economy. Britain’s Final Call outlines why Heathrow is the only deliverable option and how it will provide more jobs and economic benefits then any other alternative – while still meeting environmental limits.

As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow is a national asset – one of the best connected airports in the world. It is Britain’s front door; the gateway for passengers, business and freight, particularly to long-haul destinations.

So at a time when the international competition for jobs and trade has never been more intense, an expanded Heathrow will keep Britain, one of world’s great trading nations, at the centre of the global economy.

After decades of debate, the Airports Commission offers the best and last chance for a resolution.

The Airports Commission has concluded that Heathrow expansion provides an opportunity to address local environmental issues and that Heathrow is the option that will deliver the greatest economic benefit for the country: up to £211bn and up to 180,000 jobs. Crucially, these benefits will be spread right across the Nations and regions.

This why Heathrow expansion is now supported so widely both locally and across the country.

“Expanding Heathrow is not only deliverable, it’s vital. It will deliver what the nation needs and what politicians want – an opportunity to win the race for jobs and growth by connecting the entire country to the world’s fastest growing destinations while, as the Airports Commission has confirmed, meeting air quality limits and reducing the number of people affected by noise.

It’s the only decision that will create up to 180,000 new jobs and £211bn of economic growth, shared across Britain.”Heathrow is Britain’s biggest port, carrying high value produce such as Scottish salmon, motor racing technology and pharmaceuticals to destinations in Africa, Asia and South America.

We can help make the British economy great again by reaching even more parts of the world that are crying out for those quality exports, places like Mombasa, Quito and Kolkata. Let’s be ambitious about our place in the world, let’s get on with expanding Heathrow.” Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye

Download Britain’s Final Call here (PDF, 18mb) .For a document source list, click here.

 

UPDATE (Sept 29,2015): How does Heathrow air quality compare to the rest of London? New map reveals all…

How does Heathrow air quality compare to the rest of London? A new map released by Heathrow showcases how air quality around the airport is already ahead of the rest of London, further supporting Airports Commission analysis that showed expansion could take place within limits. Read more…

May 8,2015: Today’s announcement by the Airports Commission confirms that Heathrow can expand without exceeding air quality levels. The Airports Commission’s report, published today, says that there are “no predicted exceedences of the air quality objective at any receptor location, in either the Do-Minimum or Heathrow NWR scenarios”.

Heathrow has proposed a comprehensive air quality mitigation strategy for expansion, including an extensive surface access strategy which will limit airport-related road traffic, which will improve air quality further still.

Heathrow takes air quality very seriously and the airport has cut emissions by 16% in five years. Thanks to investment by the airport 40% of passengers now arrive by public transport and this will only increase when Crossrail arrives in 2019 and the Piccadilly line upgrade is complete. And more can be done as the reason for air quality currently exceeding EU levels north of the airport is road traffic on the M4.

Action needed by Government

Action is needed from Government and City Hall to get cleaner vehicles on the motorways and give more people an alternative to cars. The welcome ruling by the Supreme Court should provide the momentum needed to deliver those improvements.

The next Government must also commit to Western and Southern Rail Access which will provide people to the south and west of Heathrow a better alternative than coming by car, with good public transport links through Reading, Clapham Junction and Waterloo.

Our 10-point blueprint and a low emissions zone

Last week Heathrow announced its 10-point air quality blueprint. As part of that plan the airport is discussing with the Mayor of London how London’s Low Emissions Zone can be extended to the M25 and, in time, the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone, and replace diesel buses and coaches serving Heathrow with hybrid or alternative vehicles.

The Airports Commission suggested some further mitigation measures in its report including use of biofuels, an Ultra Low Emissions Zone and reduced engine taxiing. Heathrow is already working on delivering those changes.

 “This evidence from the Airports Commission is great news for Heathrow expansion. It shows that our plan, which has been produced with local community views at its core, can be delivered without exceeding air quality limits.” – John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Airport CEO

Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport John Holland-Kaye said, “This evidence from the Airports Commission is great news for Heathrow expansion. It shows that our plan, which has been produced with local community views at its core, can be delivered without exceeding air quality limits.

“Expanding Heathrow will deliver what the nation needs and what politicians want – an opportunity to win the race for jobs and growth by connecting the entire country to the world’s fastest growing destinations. It’s the only decision that will create up to 180,000 new jobs and £211bn of economic growth, shared across Britain.”

How Heathrow is already improving air quality

Heathrow already has introduced a number of innovative measures to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Here’s some examples, and how this will continue with our expansion plans.

Find out more:

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 8th May 2015