NATS CSR Report 2015

NATS has enabled a reduction of more than 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions thanks to more efficient air traffic control procedures, improved use of airspace and innovative technology in 2014-15.
Key findings
  • NATS has enabled fuel savings of 189,000 tonnes and CO2 emissions reduction of 602,000 tonnes
  • NATS achieved 4.3% reduction in average ATM related CO2 emissions per flight, against a 4% target;
  • We took a leading role in the Sustainable Aviation coalition campaign to monitor and increase the use of Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) - a descent technique that reduces noise, fuel burn and CO2 emissions. The campaign has delivered an increase of
  • NATS reduced its overall energy consumption across by 8.5% (down 12.2% since 2011)
  • Just 1% of our waste went to landfill. 55% was recycled and 44% went to ‘waste to energy’ plants
  • NATS reduced our water consumption by 7% (down 52% since 2006);
  • NATS began the rollout of an environmental management system (EMS) and achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2014 for its head office;
  • The NATS footprint fund donated £31,000 to 53 local causes
  • 8% of staff donated £133,500 through the payroll scheme, Give As You Earn, to our chosen charities;
  • NATS achieved the Biodiversity benchmark for the work we do to support Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve

NATS has enabled a reduction of more than 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions thanks to more efficient air traffic control procedures, improved use of airspace and innovative technology in the last financial year. This is equivalent to £155 million in fuel savings for airlines.

The record-breaking results were published in NATS’ 2014-15 Corporate Responsibility report, which reviews its environmental and community affairs performance, on World Environment Day.

Last year NATS became the first air navigation services provider in the world to adopt the use of near real time airspace efficiency monitoring using an in-house developed tool called Flight Optimisation System – or FLOSYS. The tool uses real radar data and combines it with NATS’ 3Di airspace efficiency metric to produce a graphical representation of every flight in UK airspace, meaning controllers can immediately review performance and identify areas for improvement, or best practice techniques to share.

NATS has also continued to work closely with industry leaders, including airlines, airports and manufacturers, as part of the Sustainable Aviation coalition to increase the use of continuous descent operations (CDO) around 23 airports, to save fuel and reduce airlines’ CO2 emissions, while reducing noise for flights around airports. Last year more than 39,000 additional quieter flights were achieved through CDO, from its launch in July 2014 to April 2015. The figure remained high even with an increase of traffic.

Through these efficiency measures, NATS has reduced the average ATM related CO2 emissions per flight by 4.3%, compared to flights in 2006, exceeding its 4% target for 2014. In 2008, NATS became the first ANSP in the world to set itself targets on the environmental performance of its airspace, including to reduce average ATM related CO2 emissions per flight by 10% by 2020.