Working better with our neighbours to improve quality of life
We want the area surrounding Heathrow to be a great place to live. Our proximity to London is a great advantage for flyers, but also means we are located close to many homes and local communities. We recognise that our local impact is significant, and we want to make sure it’s as positive as possible.
We have been working to reduce our negative impact for many years. For example, Heathrow is one of the world’s leading airports in noise management: even though the number of flights has increased significantly since the 1970s, Heathrow’s noise footprint has continuously reduced.
Furthermore, thanks to technological improvements and improvements in public transport, monitoring stations in the immediate vicinity of Heathrow meet air quality standards.
While we recognise this progress, we also see the need for a step-change in how we improve local quality of life. Heathrow 2.0 is our plan for achieving this. It is grounded in the idea that we can only make a real difference by listening and talking to local people, and understanding their needs.
That will allow us to build the long-term productive relationships that help local communities thrive and improve quality of life for all.
We know from previous stakeholder consultations just how important noise and air quality issues are, and these are priorities in our strategy. However, we also want to go beyond these key issues to support and enhance local communities in other ways, for example, by investing in community facilities, transport and green spaces.
- Respite For Residents: A place that’s getting quieter
- Quality Air, Locally: A place where local air improves
- Sustainable Communities: A place where local people shape their future
Our flagship goals:
- As part of our voluntary Quiet Night Charter, by 2022 we will seek to least halve the number of flights on non-disrupted days that operate late after 11.30pm.
- Airside ultra-low emissions zone by 2025 to improve quality of life through cleaner air.
- 50% airport passenger journeys made by public and sustainable transport by 2030, supporting to no more airport-related cars on the road, so local areas can thrive without increased congestion.