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The last year has been one where #NATS picked up the pace. We have delivered positive change in our airspace, across our estate and in the communities in which we live and work. The Corporate Responsibility Review highlights the main points.

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NATS Corporate Report 2012/13

  1. 1. NATS is helping shape the future of AirTraffic Management. From our productsand services to the way we approach ourActing Responsibly corporate responsibilityprogramme, we are leading the chargewhen it comes to the sustainable growth ofthe aviation industry. Read on for an insightinto what we achieved in the 2012/13financial year, or turn over to see how ourinnovation over the years has successfullycontributed towards a sustainable futurefor the aviation industry.What you see here isjust a snap shot of ourachievements. To reduceour environmental impactfurther, this year we’ve putour detailed review ofprogress on our website.Scan the QR code or visit,where you can view our 30 secondsummary, 3 minute video or spendlonger getting the full picture.We work in communities across the UK and beyond.Building sustainable links in and around our workplacesis something in which NATS staff take great prideCorporate ResponsibilityReview of 2012/13 highlightsThe last year has been one where we’ve pickedup the pace. Read on for some examples ofwhere we’ve delivered positive change inour airspace, across our estate and in thecommunities in which we live and work.Check-in onlineWelcome People and CommunityStaff raised £155k for Aerobility, the disabled flying charity, andbought them a shiny new aircraftHit our target: 5% ofstaff made Give AsYou Earn donationsto charity totalling£98k in 2012/13Committed to achieving the BiodiversityBenchmark and made good progress bycompleting a gap analysis. Certificationplanned for 2013NATS CorporateResponsibility funddonated £31k in2012/13 and c£150ksince launch in 2008Donated 60 trolliesfull of food andhousehold goodsto a homelesscharity at ChristmasTeams and individualsraised an additional£50k for theirchosen charitiesBecame certifiedas an Investor inWildlife – supportingbiodiversity and naturePrestwick CentreAchieved Silveraward for promotinghealthy lifestylesto staffHealthy WorkingLivesRichard Deakin,Chief Executive Officer75% of staff havejoined shoppingdiscount platformsaving £140k£155,000£31kx60By making smarter investments and seeking everydayefficiencies we are systematically reducing the impactof our activities on the environmentWater use – down45% since 2006Decommissioned old airtraffic centre - 92% of thebuilding recycledCycle to Workscheme - 15%of staff get ontheir bikesEnergy usage - down 29%since 2006, saving £2.7m peryear and £9m cumulativelyLaunched LowEmissions Carscheme – oneof the mostsuccessful inthe country Only 12% of our waste went to landfill in 2012Committed to implementing an environmentalmanagement system. Gap analysis complete.On our way to certificationEstate69% of our waste in2012 was recycledAir Traffic ManagementWorking with industry partners and communities to reducefuel burn, CO2emissions and noise impacts we are drivingtowards a more sustainable future for aviationEnabled CO2 andfuelsavings2012/13+Cumulative savingsenabled since ourprogramme beganYear 1 of regulatoryperformancescheme completedand on targetFlight Profile Monitor trial at Edinburgh;NATS collaborated with airport and airlinesto reduce noise, fuel burn and CO2 emissions- 20% better descent profilesDelivered innovativenight noise respitetrial at HeathrowBegan changing ouroperation to enablearrival managementstrategy – smoothingtraffic to avoidarrival holdingAccelerated plans to help deliver 4% CO2target per flight by 2014, an interim steptowards our 10% 2020 targetLondon TransportSustainability AwardCANSO Jane’sATC AwardAirport Operators Association AwardStarted the TOPFLIGHT project to begin trials tooptimise flights between North America and EuropeAward winning yearfor our 3Di metricand Flight PathMonitor tool=22,000tonnes C026,926tonnesfuel saved=tonnesfuel savedCorporate ResponsibilityReport 2012/13w w w . n a t s . c o . u kScan this QR code to find out more.////Destination:,000 tonnes ofCO2 savings enabledcumulatively sinceour programme began
  2. 2. 2008/09 2009/10Reported progress in firstenvironmental report.Established the UK-IrelandFAB, Europe’s first FunctionalAirspace Block, set up toenhance cross border CO2efficiency and safety.Delivered more than 20changes to UK airspace.This enabled savings of over90,000 tonnes of CO2 and29,000 tonnes of fuel, worth£19m a year to customers.Held a series of workshopsthatbroughttogethercontrollers,pilots and flight planners toidentify fuel and CO2 saving ideas.3Di metric story began - ledto the development of anentirely new way of measuringairspace efficiency. NATS alsoinstigated a series of workshopswith CANSO members to sharebest practice on airspaceefficiency metrics.NATS defined the agenda. Formalisingour environmental programme andsetting targets.The year we got into action. We ran flight trials totest innovative operating concepts and employeesgot involved to reduce our estate footprint.One year on from establishing our target,we set out a plan to achieve it and startedto deliver changes to our operation.In another world first we implemented ournew 3Di airspace efficiency metric and wonan award for it.In a UK first, NATS, BA and BAAdelivered the ‘Perfect Flight’- atrial that followed an optimisedflight profile that saved morethan 10% of the usual fuel andCO2 emissions.Released a DVD about thePerfect Flight promotinguptake of best environmentalpractice in aviation operations.Delivered 40 changes to UKairspace. This enabled savingsof over 50,000 tonnes of CO2and 16,000 tonnes of fuel,worth £10m a year to customers.Launched ‘Small Steps to aLighter Footprint’ campaignencouraging employees toplay their part in reducing theirimpact on the environment.The campaign won runnerup for Best Green InternalCommunications Award atthe Global Green Awards.2010/11Won the Business and TheEnvironment Award fordemonstrating thoughtleadership in sustainability.Reduced estate carbonfootprint by 20%, energyconsumption by 17%, wasteto landfill by 44% and waterconsumption by 24% by thestart of 2010.Created an online e-learningpackage running alongsidethe popular environmentalawareness courses.Began a year of testing the 3Dienvironmental metric.2011/12First in the world to set CO2targets on the air trafficservice provided to customers.Committed to reduce CO2emissions by 10% per flight by2020. Set challenging targetsto improve the environmentalimpact of our facilities.Developed an emissions modeland a detailed CO2 baseline ofour UK airspace for the first time.Commenced NATS-widerecycling, installed solar cells,switched off equipment,re-located to fewer, moremodern energy efficient facilities.Established a corporate socialresponsibility fund to supportlocal worthy causes andlaunched Give As YouEarn scheme.Created and chaired anenvironmental committeefor the global air traffictrade association, CANSO.In Sustainable Aviation, the UKaviation coalition, established aspecific task force to explorefuture improvements tooperational performance.Implemented an extensiveenvironmental awarenessprogramme for employeesto share best practice andidentify fuel and emissionssaving opportunities.Established an AirspaceEfficiency Group bringingtogether analytical andoperational expertise.This helped to identify over170 near term fuel and CO2saving opportunities.Launched Cycle to Workand car sharing schemes,to encourage employeesto reduce their commutingimpact and save money.350 employees have takenpart in community volunteeringprojects since 2008.Introduced Night Time FuelSaving Routes allowingtransatlantic flights to takeadvantage of direct routesoverflying UK-Irish airspace.Corporate ResponsibilityReview 2008 to 2012We’re proud of our heritage in deliveringenvironmental improvements in our airspace,across our estate and creating a lasting impactin the communities in which we live and work.Here are a few of our greatest achievements. NATS became the first airtraffic company in the world tobe financially incentivised on itsenvironmental performance.NATS won the prestigiousOperational Research Society’s‘President’s Medal’ Award fordeveloping 3Di.Delivered 29 changes to UKairspace. This enabled savingsof over 90,000 tonnes of CO2and 29,000 tonnes of fuel,worth £19m a year to customers.Implemented EnvironmentalAction Plans for airports andoperational centres to improvefuel and emission savings.Launched the CEO’s charityof the year, with the target ofraising £100k for Aerobility.iFACTS, a new generation ofadvanced controller supporttools went live giving controllersthe capability to deliver aircraftcloser to their optimal profiles.Began work developing anEnvironmental ManagementSystem conducting anISO 14001 gap analysis ofour UK operations.Launched NATS Flight ProfileMonitor tool, supportingairports and airlines in noiseand CO2 emissions reductionactivities with climb anddescent performance data.Won Bronze award forcompany Give As You Earnscheme. Charities received£80k in 2011/12, and £230kcumulatively since 2008.Started implementingEurocontrol’s Local andRegional Airspace (LARA)planning tool, saving fuelburn and CO2 emissionsthrough increased sharingof airspace with the military.Online environmental awarenesscourse delivered to over500 people. First LunchtimeLecture held on climate change.Our futureWe’re proud of how far NATS has come; driving social andenvironmental responsibility through all aspects of our business.We’ve built a solid foundation and employees across the company,our customers and industry partners have engaged in what we’retrying to achieve - the pace of change is quickening.As we celebrate these successes we must also look to the future.We continue to focus our efforts on developing the next generationof Air Traffic Management infrastructure, tools and operatingconcepts to deliver step changes in our environmental performance.But this work needs investment, and against the backdrop ofincreasing calls to reduce costs we will need to innovate tocontinue delivering.NATS doesn’t conform to the idea that sustainability is a niceto have - in our view it is a must have. We will be meeting ourchallenges head on, providing environmental leadership andworking for a more sustainable future for the aviation industry.Our enduring goal is to deliver a safe andefficient air traffic system that provides realvalue to its users and, above all, a system thatoperates effectively while limiting and wherepossible reducing its environmental impact.