UK Airport News

UK Airport News

Most avoided deforestation forest carbon offsets are worthless

The avoided deforestation carbon offsets approved by the world’s leading provider and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other big corporations including airlines are largely worthless and could make global heating worse, according to a new investigation. The research into Verra, the world’s leading carbon standard for the rapidly growing £1.6bn voluntary offsets market, has found that, based on analysis...

High Court judge rejects application to legally challenge August 2022…

A DCO (Development Consent Order) for the re-opening of Manston airport, and its use mainly for air cargo was approved by the government in August 2022. Then local residents, through Jenny Dawes, made an application for permission to get a Judicial Review of the decision, on 29th September 2022.  A High Court judge has now announced that this legal challenge...

Swansea airport has had no passengers since 2004 – now…

Swansea Airport has announced it is launching flights to and from Exeter this year.  There have been no scheduled passenger flights operating from Swansea Airport since 2004. Passengers who fly to Exeter from Swansea will be able to use the airport as an interchange, getting connecting flights to Spain, Ireland and the Channel Islands. The airport looks likely to be...

EU considering plans law to force companies to prove green…

The European Union has drafted plans to make companies back up green claims about their products with science-based evidence, in an attempt to fight greenwashing and misleading advertisements. The draft legal proposal by the European Commission aims to clamp down on companies promoting their products as “climate neutral” or other “green” claims unless these can be substantiated. There would have...

Heathrow local opponents ready to fight the airport’s expansion plans…

Writing in the Uxbridge Gazette, the Stop Heathrow Expansion group comment on the anticipated statement from Heathrow about its finances and outlook, and intentions   on a 3rd runway.  Stop Heathrow Expansion group says Heathrow has a lot of hurdles, if it wants to build a 3rd runway. “Stricter climate change and environmental laws have been in force since the last...

Independent review of the government’s Net Zero target and what…

In 2019, the UK Government and the devolved administrations committed to the Net Zero target as recommended by the Climate Change Committee. Now Chris Skidmore MP has undertaken a review of the government’s Net Zero plans. It looks at all sectors what progress has been achieved, and what is needed. There are many mentions of aviation, including how the sector...

Cancer charities call for general aviation small planes to stop…

While the kerosene used in the engines of commercial planes, or most private jets, does not contain lead, the AvGas (aviation gasoline) fuel used by the light planes used in “general aviation” – ie. largely hobby flying – does contain tetraethyl lead.  There are 134 recreational, general aviation, airfields in the UK. There is the fear that the little piston-engine...

Campaign for Better Transport says it is time to properly…

Private planes emit some 50 times more CO2 than trains. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) thinks that private passengers who use private jets should start paying for the climate damage they cause.  In 2021, there were 135,505 private aircraft movements (arrivals and departures) in the UK. European private jet carbon emissions have increased by 31% since 2005, far faster...