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Heathrow’s new blueprint for a sustainable freight plan

16th October 2017

We spotted this article in the Surrey Chambers of Commerce weekly newsletter and thought it was worth sharing.

A New Blueprint for Sustainable Freight  issued by Heathrow outlines practical steps the airport proposes to take to address the impacts of freight vehicles around Heathrow whilst continuing to increase cargo volumes

  • The Blueprint shows Heathrow is delivering on its pledge to be a sustainability leader and a better neighbour to local communities
  • Plans announced by Lord Deighton at the British Chambers of Commerce International Trade Summit

Speaking at the BCC International Trade Summit today, Heathrow’s Non-Executive Chairman Lord Deighton announced a new ten step Blueprint for Sustainable Freight plan to reduce the impact of freight vehicles around Heathrow. Lord Deighton’s speech is the first time the airport has publicly addressed the challenge of the environmental impacts of cargo and set out its plans to ensure that even as Heathrow and freight volumes grow with expansion, overall airport-related traffic on the road does not increase in number compared to today.

Heathrow is the UK’s biggest port by value – responsible for handling over 30% of the country’s non-EU exports by value – more than the ports of Southampton and Felixstowe combined. Heathrow’s role as a trading hub will grow as expansion takes place, with cargo capacity set to double with the addition of a third runway. Currently, the majority of freight movements – 2.75 million freight vehicle movements each year- are made to support the airport’s cargo operations.

The ten practical steps set out by Lord Deighton in his speech today detail how freight operations can be more efficient, responsible and sustainable in the future. These proposed steps include:

  • Using innovation through tools like a load consolidation “ Heathrow Cargo Cloud” app for local forwarders and the trial of low emission freight vehicles and geo-fencing technology to reduce emissions on local roads;
  • Investments in airfield charging points to install an ultra-low emission zone for vehicles on-airport;
  • Modernising cargo infrastructure at the airport to allow for more airside transhipments, consolidation points away from airport local roads and a new cargo village that reduces unnecessary vehicle movements;
  • Working with local authorities to address congestion points with a Code of Conduct for operators, and a joint strategic freight plan for local roads.

The steps outlined today show how the airport is delivering against the commitments set out in Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s sustainability strategy. Along with Heathrow’s ambitious plans to increase public transport use, and push forward on incentives like car sharing and taxi back-filling these steps will ensure that there is no more airport-related traffic on the roads compared to today with expansion.

Local residents and businesses will have the opportunity to feed into proposals on freight and Heathrow’s expansion, as they will form part of the airport’s public consultation process.

Speaking to delegates at the BCC International Trade Summit in Birmingham, Lord Deighton, Heathrow Airport’s Non-Executive Chairman said:

“Heathrow is dedicated to keeping the UK economy growing – but at the same time, we have pledged to be a sustainability leader and made promises to our local communities that we intend to keep. The ten steps we have outlined today allow us to keep building on our cargo strength and role as Heathrow’s biggest port by value, while restricting the emissions and local impacts of freight vehicles.

Through innovation, partnerships and our unwavering commitment to be a better neighbour, we are showing an expanded Heathrow is not a choice between the environment and the economy – we can deliver benefits for both.”

Chris Welsh, Director Global and European Policy, Freight Trade Association said:

“Heathrow’s Blueprint for Sustainable Freight is a collaborative and pioneering plan, by establishing a sustainable freight group, Heathrow will gain valuable insight from industry to develop procedures that are synergetic and will satisfy both Heathrow’s ambitious environmental goals as well as increasing the efficiency of freight operations in and around the airport. We look forward to working with them.”

 

Companies that subscribe to the load consolidation app will be able to exchange and share information about any spare capacity on their vehicles, or ask for help on a load they need to be transported. The app will work to match them, and they then contact each other offline and discuss the opportunity. The “Heathrow CargoCloud” will be the UK’s first app of its kind.

 For the full article please click here.

 

 

Construction Seminar at Heathrow Academy

9th October 2017

Do you know anyone in construction and looking for employment at Heathrow? If so they need to come along to the next Construction Information Session will be held at the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy on the 2nd November, 2017 .

The following outline  will be covered in the session

•         Overall presentation about  Heathrow Airport
•         Brief overview of the 3 arms of the Academy:  Recruitment , Apprenticeships, Development.
•         Overview of upcoming vacancies.
•         Overview of the live vacancies, apprenticeships and direct employment
•         Overview of the Pre-employment training dates. (  booking & registration, CSCS card will be included , 2 week course, guaranteed interview.)
•         Completion of the enrolment form
•         One to one with the  construction  recruitment team
•         Questions & Answer session

More information available here November Group Session.

New Heathrow Export Office

6th October 2017

New Heathrow Export Office for Surrey Chambers

From the beginning of October Surrey Chambers of Commerce are offering a full International Trade service from their Heathrow office based in Staines-Upon-Thames. Based at Spelthorne Borough Council, the new offering includes export documentation services as well as expert advice and support on international trade matters. Situated in the town nearest to Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Office will allow local and airport based businesses to drop-in and get their documents processed the same day without losing any time travelling.

Louise Punter, CEO of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, said “Our International Trade team currently support 400 exporters with over 3500 documents a year and the easier we can make it for them the better. Our documentation ensures a safe passage for their goods being delivered all around the world and we very often have to deal with time sensitive situations. By bringing our services close to the users we believe we are helping them”

Gary Hayes, Surrey Chambers International Trade Manager, commented “We are delighted to be reinforcing the support we already offer businesses in North Surrey and surrounding Heathrow by being able to offer export documentation services and friendly expert advice and guidance right on their doorstep.”

Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne BC, commented “We are delighted to support Surrey Chambers in this service as we want to make it as easy as possible for our businesses to export. The advice and services they provide are excellent and we are looking forward to seeing a busy vibrant office.”

Heathrow’s Head of Economic Development, Sundeep Sangha, said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow wants to do all it can to help local businesses spread their products around the globe and grow international trade. We are looking forward to working even closer with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce to boost British trading links and make Britain the best connected country in the world.”

Surrey Chambers of Commerce
(Heathrow Office)
Council Office, Knowle Green
Staines-Upon-Thames
Surrey TW18 1XB
T: +44 (0)1483 735544
E: export@surrey-chambers.co.uk

Heathrow Business Summit

3rd October 2017
You’re invited to attend the flagship Heathrow Business Summit Wednesday 8 November 2017 

The Heathrow Business Summit is a unique opportunity for you to connect and trade face to face with Heathrow’s supply chain and connect to growth opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
Get Involved 

Discover the procurement opportunities available in Heathrow’s supply chain including airside services, construction, electrical services, engineering, facilities management, fit-out and finish, food and beverage, IT, marketing, print and packaging, mechanical services, staff, transport and more at www.heathrowbusinesssummit.co.uk

Register online to promote your services and enter the supplier matching process for face to face 15min appointments with Heathrow’s supply chain.

Attend up to 6 pre-booked appointments and take advantage of extra appointments on the day.

Meet Heathrow’s Procurement team.

Connect with local Chambers of Commerce. Engage with Department for International Trade.

Network and form new partnerships with other SMEs.

Get your foot in the door and capitalise on the business opportunities available at Heathrow.                                                                                                                                                                       Register Today                                                                                             Places are limited, so early booking is essential to guarantee your place. Registration fees to attend the Heathrow Business Summit will apply. For full details and to register visit BOOK YOUR PLACE

Expand Heathrow to show business ‘you are serious’ about the economy – say Business Leaders

21st July 2016

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  • Sir Martin Sorrell and over 170 of Britain’s leading businesses urge Government to seize economic opportunity of expanded Heathrow
  • Government backing for Heathrow expansion – a £16bn privately funded ready-to-go infrastructure project – will secure Britain’s place as an outward looking trading nation and send a clear message that Britain is open for business
  • Letter comes as fresh polling reveals overwhelming Parliamentary support for Heathrow expansion

 Over 170 of Britain’s business leaders have urged the Government to inject growth into the British economy by progressing Heathrow’s expansion plans.

74% of Tory members now back Heathrow expansion after Brexit vote

21st July 2016

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  •    First ever analysis of Tory Party members’ views on airport expansion.
  •  Poll shows younger and vote Remain members most supportive of Heathrow expansion in response to Brexit.
  •  88% of members say a decision to expand Heathrow would show the new leader capable of ‘putting the national interest first’
  •  Heathrow was unanimously and unequivocally recommended for expansion after three years of analysis by the independent Airports Commission.
  • Heathrow expansion is a £16bn privately funded ready-to-go infrastructure project that will secure Britain’s place as an outward looking trading nation and send a clear message that Britain is open for business.

In the first ever poll of their views of airport expansion, and as the UK prepares for Brexit, 74% of Tory Party members now support a third runway at Heathrow.   Expanding Heathrow is now a choice for the next Conservative Party leader and the views of the party membership will influence the airport expansion debate.   

Heathrow responds to Government – Expansion “the strongest possible signal that Britain is open for business”

21st July 2016

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  • Only Heathrow expansion will allow British exporters to trade with all the growing markets of the world, strengthening Britain’s position as one of the world’s great trading nations
  • In uncertain economic times, a £16bn privately funded infrastructure investment will create up to 180,000 jobs and £211bn of growth across the UK
  • By approving Heathrow expansion, the Government will send the strongest signal possible that Britain is open for business and confident in its future
  • Recent polling shows two thirds of MPs think greenlighting Heathrow expansion will strengthen Britain’s economy

Responding to the Transport Secretary’s announcement to hand over a decision on Heathrow expansion to his successor, John Holland-Kaye, the airport’s Chief Executive, said that a third runway must be a part of the Government’s Brexit plan.

Lord Blunkett appointed Chair of Heathrow Skills Taskforce

21st July 2016

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  • Taskforce to identify the skills and training programmes needed to deliver Heathrow expansion
  • Recommendations will ensure Heathrow leaves a national legacy for future infrastructure projects
  • Need to address skills gaps outlined in new report by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

 Heathrow announced today the appointment of the Rt Hon, the Lord Blunkett as Chair of the airport’s new Heathrow Skills Taskforce. During his distinguished political career, Lord Blunkett held the Cabinet posts responsible for Education, for Employment and for Work and Pensions and so brings extensive experience that will help ensure Heathrow provides further support at all levels of education, from local primary schools to the place of work, if expansion of the airport takes place.