NATS awarded grade B for awareness and management of environmental risks

The National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has been awarded with a B grade by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its efforts to address the risks presented by climate change. The CDP ranks companies from A to D based on their awareness and management of environmental risks.

NATS started its environment programme in 2006, designed to reduce not just the environmental impact of air travel using more direct routes and continuous descents, but also its own estate by recycling and encouraging energy saving measures.

Ian Jopson, head of environmental affairs for NATS, said: “At NATS we are very aware of how our business impacts the environment both in the sky and on the ground, so we’re really pleased to have been scored highly by CDP. NATS is always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint across our sites and operation, whilst also balancing other challenges such as managing the impact of noise on communities.”

NATS has enabled savings of over 1.7 million tonnes of aircraft CO2 and reduced energy consumption on its estate by over 30 percent, since the programme began. Out of the 6,800 companies scored worldwide, NATS’ high score puts it among the best performing companies in the aviation sector.

Dexter Galvin, global director of corporate and supply chains at CDP, said: “The next decade is crucial in our shift to a sustainable economy, and we believe corporates are at the heart of this transition. By ranking companies, we aim not just to highlight leaders’ best practice, but to inspire all businesses to aim higher and take more action.”

CDP recognised NATS’ coordinated action on climate change, including progress against an energy reduction target and other estate environmental improvements. Adopting a voluntary standard to transparently report its performance, measuring its greenhouse gas emissions, verification of its greenhouse gas emissions to the ISO 14064 standard and certification of its environmental management system to ISO 14001:2015

NATS has also been recognised for working with UK airports on climate change resilience planning and for working with industry customers to address climate issues such as fuel burn and carbon emissions,