The efforts concerning sustainability that Heathrow
has made in recent years have recently been recognised by the awards granted by the British publication Green Fleet Magazine
. Heathrow has received the title of Private Sector Fleet of the Year in the category of medium and large enterprises, companies with a fleet of over 250 vehicles that have reduced CO2 emissions by implementing energy efficiency programmes.This recognition is in addition to the nominations the airport has received for the Energy Management Award, to soon be awarded at the Edies’ Sustainability Leaders Awards, and for the Best in passenger transportaward, delivered at the National Air Quality Awards
.These three awards are the result of the constant effort that the airport has made in recent years to improve air quality in its surroundings, managing to reduce emissions from the aircrafts that land and take off from the airport every day for the past five years by about 16%.To achieve this goal, Heathrow Airport has developed an ambitious plan to promote public transport at the airport, and has invested in its vehicle fleet and technology to reduce emissions from aircrafts and the the actual airport's ongoing activities.Within four years, the airport plans to invest a total of £5 million in replacing its fleet of cars and vans by electric or hybrid vehicles to improve these results. This initiative could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions produced by Heathrow by up to 100 tonnes.