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Heathrow’s 3rd runway plans are ‘dead’, say campaigners, as government tightens UK CO2 targets
2021-04-22 15:18:00
Plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow have been struck a massive blow by the government’s new emission targets.  The government announced the new climate change target on April 20th, with an aim to cut carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 78% by 2035 when compared to 1990 levels. For the first time, the Sixth Carbon Budget, covering the period 2033 to 2037, will include international aviation emissions (and also shipping emissions). Previously these had just been “taken account of” in setting the budget. The total emissions cap for the 2033-37 period is set at 965 MtCO2, which is far lower than the cap for the 5th carbon budget.  With Heathrow view with Drax power station to be the UK’s largest source of CO2, emitting (in 2019) about 19 – 20 MtCO2 per year. That is around 52 – 55% of total UK aviation emissions (37Mt CO2 in 2019 link). A 3rd runway, adding another 7 MtCO2 or more per year, would mean that – in order to meet the new legally binding targets – most other UK airports would be required to close. Paul McGuinness, chair of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said: “Heathrow expansion is dead. It is simply not compatible with the UK government’s commitment to do our part in protecting the climate.” .Tweet   Heathrow’s third runway plans are ‘dead’, say campaigners, as government sets new emission targets By Matt Strudwick, Content editor (Berkshire Live) 21 APR 2021 Local campaign groups have celebrated the change, with the new emission targets seemingly making the third runway project nearly impossible which was under threat of demolition because of plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport on February 27, 2020 in London, England. Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because it is said that the government’s climate change commitments were not adequately taken into account. The UK government will not appeal the decision whilst they have set a target in law of net zero emissions by 2050 Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been struck a massive blow by the government’s new emission targets. The government announced the new climate change target on Tuesday (April 20), with an aim to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 when compared to 1990 levels. However, for the first time, this Carbon Budget includes the UK’s share of aviation emissions, including international travel and shipping. With Heathrow already being the single biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK, emitting around 60 per cent of total UK aviation emissions, a t

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