Heathrow calls for further industry-wide action on carbon as the airport’s biggest airline becomes first to commit to net zero

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Published 11th October 2019

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Heathrow welcomed 6.7million passengers in September, bringing total passenger numbers from January to end of September 2019 to nearly 61 million (+0.7% over the same period last year).

More than 125,000 metric tonnes of cargo made its way through the UK’s largest port by value. The top market for cargo growth was the Middle East (+1.7%).

Heathrow proudly welcomed the plan by British Airways parent company IAG to offset carbon emissions for all its UK domestic flights from 2020, becoming the first airline group worldwide to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The airport announced it will kick-start a new trial turning unrecyclable plastic passenger waste – including food packaging and plastic film – into airport furniture, uniforms and lower-emission jet fuel by 2025.

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye attended the UN Climate Summit in New York and announced Heathrow would join the World Economic Forum’s new ‘Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition’ aimed at helping the sector achieve carbon-neutral flying, while also welcoming the Committee on Climate Change recommendation for government to include aviation in the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050.

Virgin Atlantic announced plans to open over 80 new routes from an expanded Heathrow, helping to create a second flag carrier at the UK’s hub airport in a move that will increase competition and improve passenger choice.

Following the close of Heathrow’s 12-week statutory consultation on the preferred masterplan for expansion, polling showed that more local residents support the project than oppose it in 16 out of the 18 Parliamentary constituencies around Heathrow.

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye, said: “At Heathrow, we are determined to drive change in the aviation industry to achieve the UK’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050 and this week we are delighted to welcome news that IAG has become the first airline group to commit to this goal.

We recognise the need for global action on climate change and this month I was proud to be part of the UN Climate Summit in New York to action just that.

– Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye 

We recognise the need for global action on climate change and this month I was proud to be part of the UN Climate Summit in New York to action just that.

We support recommendations to formally include aviation in the UK’s target and remain committed to working with industry partners and Government to ensure the UK leads this global challenge.”

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 11th October 2019