Heathrow Airport has moved forward with its drive towards green aviation in 2018.
Earlier this year, the world’s second busiest airport made environmental changes so that airlines are have the incentive to deploy new aircraft at Heathrow, ensuring a cleaner and quieter environment for the local communities.
As part of the plans, environmental charges rose by 7% at the start of the year – part of the sustainable strategy Heathrow 2.0 which seeks to deliver a sustainable future for aviation.
Heathrow plans to deliver a carbon neutral new runway, and uses 100% of renewable electricity at the airport, which is a significant stride forward in the target to create a zero-carbon airport.
The strategy also proposes an airside ultra-low carbon emission zone by 2025 which will provide cleaner air for local communities.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO, said: “Heathrow is determined to reduce the airport’s environmental impacts. Increasing our environmental charges to incentivise airlines to bring their cleanest, quietest aircraft to Heathrow is the best way to cut emissions and shrink the noise footprint around the airport.
“It is a tangible step that will make a real difference to local communities.”
Heathrow’s commitment to green aviation is apparent with the Sustainable Innovation Prize launched by the airport, whereby businesses in the UK were invited to submit ideas on how to address the environmental challenges for the aviation industry.
The winning entry – which will be announced on the first anniversary of Heathrow 2.0 – will be awarded £20,000 and the chance to develop the idea.
It is hoped this will further Heathrow’s green aviation ambition; with waste, sustainable and low carbon materials just some of the categories that bids were submitted for.
The deadline for submissions has now passed, and six finalists will give a 10-minute pitch to senior Heathrow Airport figures.
All entries will be reviewed for maximum sustainability and likelihood of implementation.