Climate campaigners call for halt to regional UK airports expansion,…

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Climate campaigners call for halt to regional UK airports expansion,…

Climate campaigners call for halt to regional UK airports expansion, to avoid aviation CO2 growth
2021-04-09 10:39:00
The Aviation Environment Federation says the UK government must intervene to stop the planned expansion of a number of small airports around the country if it is to meet legally binding environmental targets and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Seven regional airports have devised plans to expand their operations, despite fierce opposition from climate scientists and local people, who argue the proposals are incompatible with UK efforts to address the climate and ecological crisis.  The decision on whether to allow a new terminal at Leeds Bradford has been delayed. The AEF says the government must go further and intervene to halt the other schemes which, taken together, would release huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The expansions are against the recommendations fo the government’s climate advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, who say there should be no net airport expansion.  ie. if one expands, another has to contract (there are no volunteers).  The time is well overdue for government take a proper strategic overview of the climate impact of airport expansion proposals rather than leave it up to individual local authorities. There needs to be proper policy for aviation carbon, which is sadly lacking. .Tweet   Click here for a full list of the airports with live planning applications that would have significant CO2 impact if approved.  Climate campaigners call for halt to regional UK airports expansion Ministers must consider cumulative impact of proposals ‘likely to compromise’ emissions targets By Matthew Taylor (The Guardian) Thu 8 Apr 2021 The government must intervene to stop the planned expansion of a number of small airports around the country if it is to meet legally binding environmental targets and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, campaigners have said. Seven regional hubs have devised plans to expand their operations despite fierce opposition from climate scientists and locals who argue the proposals are incompatible with efforts to address the ecological crisis. This week, the expansion of Leeds Bradford airport was put on hold after the government paused plans to build a new terminal building on the green belt. Ministers are still deciding whether to “call in” the decision – a process t

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