Local people back sustainable aviation at community meeting

Over 180 people came together in west London on March 8 to show their support for sustainable aviation at a community meeting.

The event in Osterley was organised by community campaign group, Back Heathrow. Speakers at the event included two speakers from Heathrow airport.

Heathrow airport has recently published its refreshed sustainability strategy, known as Heathrow 2.0. The strategy lays out plans to cut carbon emissions in aviation, on the ground, in the airport and in supply chain. It also sets out commitments to provide thousands of jobs and work experience for local people.

Those attending the event included local councillors, trade union representatives, business and other community leaders.

Parmjit Dhanda, Executive Director of Back Heathrow, said: This is the first in-person event weve held in 2 years because of the pandemic. It was great to see so many local people and familiar faces come together to show their continued support for Heathrow and the key role the airport plays in providing thousands of jobs.

Our local airport, the aviation and travel industry has endured a torrid two years due to Covid, but it was exciting to hear about how Heathrow aims to bounce back and its vision for a sustainable future for aviation.”

Angela Nelson-Iye (centre)

Local resident Angela Nelson-Iye said: I wanted to show my support for the travel industry given the difficulties theyve had. Hopefully we can have a more normalsummer this year.

Tackling climate change is obviously a really important issue, so to hear Heathrows plans to cut emissions and make its buildings zero carbon was brilliant.

Its really good to see such an important employer play its part in tackling carbon and provide the jobs of tomorrow for local people.”

For more information on Heathrows Sustainability strategy Heathrow 2.0