Heathrow environmental initiatives and new Terminal 2 recognised by sustainability best practice awards
Heathrow's new Terminal 2 is due to open in June 2014
Wed 27 Nov 2013 – London’s Heathrow Airport has picked up a number of awards for its environmental sustainability practices, including a Sustainability Leaders Award for the new Terminal 2 building due to open in June 2014. Sustainability was a guiding principle in the construction of the terminal, and its most sustainable terminal yet, said the airport operator. A key environmental feature of the rebuilt terminal is the Heathrow Energy Centre, which houses one of the largest biomass boilers in the UK. The facility, which opened in December 2012, provides renewable heat and power to serve new and existing airport infrastructure, saving around 13,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and representing five per cent of the airport’s current carbon emissions. Heathrow has also won four categories at the International Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice and sustainable development.
The Sustainability Leaders Awards are made to both large and small organisations and companies in recognition of genuine progress in embedding sustainability throughout their operations. The panel of judges included the Chairman of the UK’s Environment Agency and the CEO of the Carbon Trust, an independent organisation that advises businesses, governments and the public sector on sustainability.
Heathrow was also shortlisted for the stakeholder engagement award in respect of the Heathrow Sustainability Partnership, which works with more than 320 businesses to improve sustainability performance through innovative solutions and operating procedures.
The judging committee of the International Green Apple Awards, which are run by The Green Organisation and are recognised for identifying and promoting best practice in sustainability, also named Heathrow as ‘Champion of Champions’. It was awarded Gold for its activities in carbon reduction, renewable energy and sustainable transport, and in particular its innovative Heathrow Pods transport system.
The pods are low energy, driverless vehicles that carry up to four passengers and their luggage from the business car park to Terminal 5. Providing a 50% reduction in carbon emissions over buses and 70% over cars, the 21 pods have operated one million miles since the launch two years ago.
In addition to the Heathrow Energy Centre, over the past four years Heathrow has introduced several new measures and technologies, such as LED lighting, and invested in Energy Demand Management (EDM) projects to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Working through the Sustainable Aviation industry group, Heathrow has helped develop and implement a Departures Code of Practice to reduce carbon emissions on the ground from aircraft.
“We are committed to running Heathrow responsibly and delighted to have been recognised for our achievements so far,” said Matt Gorman, the airport’s Sustainability Director. “We will continue to work closely with stakeholders, employees and passengers to continue to improve and build on this success.”