Our challenges

Challenges on all fronts

NATS faces challenges not just in helping our customers reduce emissions and fuel use, but also in controlling the energy used in our own business operations. We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our own environmental impact, and that of the airline industry at large.

Reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions

The key issue facing NATS and the aviation industry is the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Our customers’ top priority is for flights that reduce emissions and fuel burn. This is a completely practical demand – fuel costs money so there is genuine motivation to achieve improvement.

With this in mind, we need to consider the environmental impact of how we control aircraft every day. This includes how we improve the efficiency of our airspace, route network and in the investment decisions we make regarding new technology.

Reducing our own use of resources

Our operation is wide and diverse. We operate from three main sites as well as at control towers at many major airports and we have a nationwide network of communications, navigation and radar facilities at more than 100 remote sites. Powering our systems and technology makes us a significant consumer of energy.

The challenge is to use the expertise of our colleagues across the company to find ways of making better use of resources. Reducing energy consumption, reducing waste and increasing reuse and recycling will all help save money, reduce our carbon footprint and preserve natural resources.

Environmental Policy