Air traffic control firm aims to cut emissions

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Air traffic controller Nats is changing the way it reports greenhouse gas emissions to help reduce its impact on the environment.

The centre, based in Swanwick, is the first air navigation service provider to commit to international standard reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.

It hopes to reduce air traffic-related CO­2 emissions by 10 per cent by 2020.

Ian Jopson, head of environmental and community affairs at Nats, said: ‘Our business is about keeping the skies safe and delivering innovative air traffic solutions and airport performance.

‘We’re committed to finding ways to do that, while always working hard to minimise the impact our operation has on the environment and the people around us.

‘We want to make a world of difference in the air, on the ground and in the community.’

Nats is now setting up a protocol to standardise how it identifies and calculates greenhouse gas emissions.

The firm plans to report its findings using a climate change reporting framework.