5 OCTOBER 2015
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Air quality at Gatwick – already within legal limits – has improved further, according to a new report published on Friday.
The Decade of Change survey tracks the airport’s progress on a series of environmental targets and shows annual nitrogen dioxide levels fell from 32 to 31 micrograms per cubic metre in 2014, well below the legal limit of 40.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, said the ‘positive figures’ were further proof Gatwick expansion could be delivered lawfully.
"Gatwick has operated within legal air quality limits for more than a decade and can guarantee it will continue to meet these legal limits even with a second runway," he added.
Wingate said air quality was more relevant to the expansion debate than it had ever been. Illegal air quality had stopped expansion at Heathrow in the past. "Given it is even worse today than ever, it is hard to see how expansion could legally go ahead there," he added.
"Gatwick has never breached these legal air quality limits and has guaranteed to maintain this 100% record if it built a second runway – something it can do as it is located in a more sparsely-populated area and also has one of the cleanest aircraft fleets in Europe." www.gatwickairport.com
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