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The way we run our business

Environment

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We are investing in quieter aircraft and technology and aim to change the way we fly to reduce the noise of our activities. We have set a target to reduce our average noise per flight by 15 per cent by 2015.

We also aim to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005. Meeting this target will require investment in new technology, sustainable biojet fuels and in cost-effective emissions reductions in other sectors of the economy through the creation of effective global carbon trading markets.

Waste

We aim to minimise waste, reduce disposal to landfill and increase reuse and recycling. Where we cannot prevent waste disposal, we aim to manage our waste responsibly.

In 2008 we recycled 35 per cent of dry waste at Heathrow and Gatwick (up from 30 per cent the year before). We have set ourselves the target of recycling 50 per cent by 2010. We will achieve this through the provision of more recycling centres, handling a wider range of materials and by encouraging better segregation of waste.

The amount of waste at Heathrow and Gatwick sent to landfill fell by 7.2 per cent to 3,424 tonnes, during the year. Our non-recyclable waste at Heathrow and Gatwick will be processed through a waste to energy plant before the end of 2009, helping us to meet our target of zero waste to landfill by 2010.

Noise

We are investing in quieter aircraft and technology and aim to change the way we fly to reduce the noise of our activities. We have set a target to reduce our average noise per flight by 15 per cent by 2015.

Night noise is a particular concern for people living near Heathrow and is one of the key issues we want to address. During 2008, we contravened the noise limits at Heathrow 36 times, a reduction of 23 per cent compared with 2007. This year, these were principally a result of Boeing 747-400 departures being delayed.

At Heathrow, we use a Continuous Descent Approach on landing to save fuel and cut noise. During 2008, 95 per cent of all day and night flights operated this way, compared with an airport average of 82 per cent for daytime and 88 per cent for night time flights.

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