London-Gatwick reached the level 4+ “Transition” from the program Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) and becomes the 13th airport in the network VINCI Airports (10 in Portugal, 2 in France) to reach the highest level of ACI Environmental Assessment Program (Airports Council International).
The ACA 4+ certification from ACI, the only certification body for global management of carbon emissions for airports, recognizes that the airport has fully accounted for and reported its direct and indirect CO2 emissions from its activities and operations, that it has significantly reduced its direct emissions, that it has offset its residual direct emissions and that it has started reducing its indirect emissions.
London-Gatwick has already reduced its direct emissions by 24% since 2018. To achieve level 4+ “Transition”, the London airport has established a commitment policy, as well as objectives, trajectories and action plans detailed measures to reduce its emissions in line with global climate objectives. The partnership plan established by London-Gatwick with stakeholders also played a key role in achieving this accreditation. This defines the way in which the airport will encourage other players present on the airport platform to reduce their emissions, either through their own reduction plans or through measures initiated by the airport.
Earlier this year, London-Gatwick accelerated its commitment to achieving net zero emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 2030, 10 years earlier than its previous commitment. Its ambition is thus aligned with that of all other airports operated by VINCI Airports in the European Union. To achieve this, more than £250 million will be invested in reducing CO2 emissions, including by moving to an electric service fleet and replacing gas boilers and refrigerants with low carbon solutions.
The airport will also continue to reduce its overall energy consumption, invest in on-site renewable energy, including solar power, and source renewable electricity through power purchase agreements ( AAE).