Heathrow Airport’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint have been recognised by an award from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
Having invested millions of pounds in eco-friendly air conditioning and state-of-the-art lighting systems, the UK’s largest airport has received recognition from the Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme.
While Terminal 5 set an environmental benchmark, the new £2 billion Terminal 2 will also maximise natural light, while smart metering will allow usage to be monitored in energy-consuming baggage systems.
Colin Matthews, chief executive of airport operator BAA, said being able to measure and benchmark energy use is the only effective way of reducing it.
"This accreditation is an important milestone as we seek to make every journey better," he commented.
"We are committed to helping the country meet its environmental targets and I am delighted that the great lengths that all our staff go to have been recognised."
Last month, Heathrow was named Europe’s best airport for shopping at the Business Traveller Awards in London.