Growing sustainably and responsibly

We follow the principles below to make sure we’re satisfying growing demand from business and leisure passengers in a sustainable, responsible way.

Jobs and community

Make best use of our runway

  • To best use our existing runway and infrastructure by making modest site changes and avoiding significant extension of our boundary

  • To further improve passenger experience, choice and accessibility for every single airport user


  • To be an inclusive airport serving business and leisure passengers, maintaining our speedy, efficient service offering the best onward connection to central London via the DLR

  • To retain and improve our position as the UK’s best performing airport for sustainable transport use


  • To never operate throughout the night and to ensure no aircraft noisier than those currently allowed to fly do so in the future

  • To not exceed our current noise contour area limit and explore opportunities with our airlines to reduce that area over the period of our master plan

  • To add to our current suite of noise controls to ensure we mitigate noise effects associated with any growth beyond the airport’s current limits (including improvements to our Sound Insulation Scheme which already has the UK’s current joint lowest daytime threshold at 57dB)

Carbon emissions

  • To keep sustainability at the heart of our operations and work with partners to achieve and exceed industry standards on carbon emissions

  • To build on our carbon neutral status under the Airports Council International’s

    Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme and achieve Level 4+10, working with industry partners and the government’s Jet Zero Council to operate as a leader in the future of sustainable aviation

  • To achieve net zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2050, in line with the UK government target

  • To work with the airline industry to minimise carbon emissions from aircraft and help airlines achieve their targets

Air quality

  • To play our part in meeting London’s air quality targets and encourage our partners to do the same

  • To encourage and facilitate more passenger access to the airport via sustainable modes of transport


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