Heathrow and Affinity for Business Announce New Partnership for both Clean and Waste Water Services
Europe’s biggest Airport, Heathrow and Affinity for Business, the dedicated water retailer for businesses across the UK, have today announced a new partnership that will see the retailer providing both clean and waste water services for the airport. The alliance will also focus on a long-term, shared commitment towards more sustainable water usage across the whole of the Heathrow estate.
Prior to this announcement, Affinity for Business was Heathrow’s clean water provider only, however following the opening of the water market, Heathrow wanted to find a partner that would be able to assist them in their journey towards increased sustainability.
This new partnership will see Affinity for Business use its in-house expertise to help build sustainability plans with Heathrow, whilst continuing to provide the high quality of service that encouraged Heathrow to switch both of its core water services over to Affinity for Business, on an initial 5 year contract.
This announcement is further proof of Heathrow’s 2.0 Sustainability Leadership Strategy, which was put in place to establish its flagship sustainability goals and commitment to improving sustainability performance across its vast estate. Home to over 400 seperate companies and employing over 76,000 people locally, Heathrow is one of the largest private water networks in Europe.
Operating within a highly populated and water stressed area, Heathrow understands the increasing pressures on water resources. Its core priority was to work with a partner that can not only manage the clean and waste water service effectively, but is also able to work as a true partner when it comes to addressing the sustainability challenges of the entire Heathrow estate.
The new partnership will see Affinity for Business and Heathrow exploring its asset management strategy and finding innovative ways to reduce the overall water requirement across the Heathrow estate. This will include the reduction of potable water waste, along with the introduction of non-treated water recycling schemes.
“As a busy airport, Heathrow is one of the biggest consumers of water in the local area and we have a duty to act responsibly and sustainably when it comes to its use.” – Keith Lockhart, Heathrow
When asked about the new partnership, Keith Lockhart, Categories Manager, Utilities at Heathrow said, “As a busy airport, Heathrow is one of the biggest consumers of water in the local area and we have a duty to act responsibly and sustainably when it comes to its use. Affinity for Business are not only a reliable partner that get the basics right, they also share our values and goals when it comes to great service and a sustainable future. We believe they will meet the challenges presented by our ambitious sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0.”
Helen Gillett, Managing Director of Affinity for Business, said, “We are delighted that Heathrow chose to combine both their clean and waste water service with us. We have been working with Heathrow for many years and have an excellent understanding of the challenges they face.”
“We have already looked into better ways to measure and understand their clean water usage, with the aim of reducing waste and increasing recycling of non-potable water, so we are excited for what this next phase of the relationship will bring.
“We have a great team on hand to work with Heathrow to make sure they can achieve their sustainability goals for 2020 and beyond. “