3 JULY 2017
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A car incentive plan for staff is among further major steps in Heathrow’s plans to improve London’s air quality announced last week as part of the airport’s continuing programme to deliver the third runway.
Heathrow says it will launch an initiative to incentivise each of its 6,000 direct employees to acquire a low emission car of his or her choice, financed by a monthly gross salary reduction.
Officials say this will ensure staff receive savings in income tax and national insurance in return for their participation in the scheme. The programme will also offer discounts from car manufacturers for leasing low-emission vehicles.
The airport’s executive director responsible for delivering expansion, Emma Gilthorpe, also said Heathrow has invited Imperial College London Professor Helen ApSimon to chair a new and independent air quality expert review group.
Gilthorpe said this would provide “expert perspectives” to ensure a third runway was delivered without compromising the UK’s ability to comply with legal air quality requirements.
The new measures are part of Heathrow 2.0, the new sustainability strategy that aims to make the airport a world leader in reducing emissions from all sources of activities, both on and off site.
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Kevin Oliver, UK
That is a fine idea. However. I wonder do we still have the nonsensical situation whereby British Airways staff working at Waterside drive past the place to park at Hatton Cross then have to be driven all the way back to Waterside! A fine idea from the Socialist rulers of the Empire of Hillingdon I believe?