A new initiative aimed at encouraging food and drink retailers in Heathrow Airport to cut their environmental impact has been launched.
The airport has partnered with Sustainable Restaurant Association and published an ‘Ingredients for Success’ guide, which proposes a set of green targets.
It includes reducing energy use by 10% for every person served, saving water, contributing to the airport’s efforts to recycle 70% of all food waste and taking up car sharing schemes.
However it will be up to the restaurants and retailers at the airport to set their own specific goals.
Heathrow has set an overall target of cutting CO2 emissions from energy used in buildings by 34% by 2020.
It hosts more than 400 companies, 76,000 employees and serves around 190,000 passengers every day.
Jonathan Coen, Retail Director at Heathrow said: “An operation the size and scale of Heathrow relies on collaboration with our partners to ensure our sustainability ambitions are realised. As the UK’s first guide of its kind, Ingredients for Success is a call to action for the food and beverage retailers who wish to join our airport on its journey to become the world’s most sustainable hub airport.”
A recent report from the Independent Transport Commission found technology will mitigate any future environmental impact of an extra runway at Heathrow. It follows MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee suggesting the plan shouldn’t go ahead until green goals are agreed.