Following a period of rapid growth, Gatwick, which is the UK’s second largest airport and aims to be the most sustainable, was amongst the world’s first to achieve 100% carbon neutrality last year.
Its decision to purchase renewable electricity for the last five years from Haven Power was important in achieving this.
Gatwick Airport’s sustainability manager, Rachel Thompson, said: ‘Gatwick was among the first airports in the world to go for 100% certified renewable electricity, helping to reduce UK carbon emissions. That’s credit to our engineering (utilities) and procurement departments, for having the vision to choose renewable electricity and to Haven Power, for being able to provide it.
‘Our target for renewable energy is 25% by 2020 and as electricity accounts for 75% of the airport’s ground operations’ carbon footprint – it means we are achieving our target.’
And Haven Power’s chief operating officer, Paul Sheffield added: ‘Our partnership with Gatwick clearly demonstrates that sustainability isn’t out of reach for businesses – it is a shining example of what can be achieved.
‘The use of renewable energy by UK businesses is increasing as companies become more ambitious in terms of reducing their carbon footprint, but also because of the potential cost benefits of using renewables and embracing energy-efficiency programmes.
‘This is a positive step in the right direction and we hope to see more of the industry follow the lead of Gatwick airport.’