New NEF report shows the climate impact of regional airport…

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New NEF report shows the climate impact of regional airport…

New NEF report shows the climate impact of regional airport plans has been considerably underestimated
2021-05-21 13:58:00
A report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) says the climate impact of expansion plans at regional airports in England has been dramatically underestimated and would threaten the UK’s legally binding climate commitments.  NEF calculated that proposals to expand 4 airports (Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Southampton and Stansted) will lead to an increase in CO2 emissions up to 8 times higher than the airports previously claimed. This means the alleged economic benefits claimed, from more aviation, were overestimated, as they ignore around £13.4bn worth of climate damage the extra flights could cause. Alex Chapman, the author of the report, said the findings raised concerns about the level of scrutiny the airport expansion proposals had received from government. Alex said: “The secretary of state should step in and conduct an independent review of all four of these proposals and their compatibility with the UK’s climate targets.”  The airports all use unproven and undeveloped technologies to achieve future fuel-efficiency savings. Most airports only took account of CO2 of outbound flights, not of inbound flights, and ignored the non-CO2 impacts of flights. .Tweet   Expansion of English airports could threaten climate commitments – report Impact on climate of expansion plans at regional airports has been underestimated, report finds By Matthew Taylor (The Guardian) Fri 21 May 2021 The climate impact of expansion plans at regional airports in England has been dramatically underestimated and would threaten the UK’s legally binding commitments, according to a report published ahead of a key summit later this year. The study from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) calculated that proposals to expand four airports in England will lead to an increase in emissions up to eight times higher than previously claimed. The report also found that plans to expand Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Southampton and Stansted airports had overestimated their economic benefit – ignoring up to £13.4bn worth of climate damage the plans could cause. Alex Chapman, the author of the report, said the findings raised concerns about the level of scrutiny the proposals had received. “The secretary of state should step in and conduct an independent review of all four of these proposals and their compatibility with the UK’s climate targets,” he added. Four airports, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Southampton and Stansted are expanding by amounts under 10 million additional annual passengers, so they do not count as NSIPs (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects) and so do not need to go through the DCO (Development Consent Order) process.  Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow would require the DCO process. The report found: All four airports relied on currently unproven and undeveloped technologies to deliver rapid fuel-efficiency savings over the next few decades. Three out of the four – Bristol, Leeds Bradford and Stansted – only took account of the climate impact of outbound flights, not the emissions from those arriving at the airport. Bristol, Leeds Bradford and Stansted did not account for the impact of non-CO2 emissions such as aerosols, water vapour and nitrogen oxides, which can double or even triple the climate impact of airport expansions. Leeds Bradford, Southampton and Stansted did not put a monetary value on the climate impacts of expansion and have therefore overestimated the projects’ economic benefits in each region. The expansion plans have already met fierce opposition from local groups, environmentalists and climate scientists over the past 18 months. Last week in a letter to ministers, groups opposing planned expansions said the UK government must suspend all the plans until it sets out how they fit with its legally binding climate targets and the advice of its own experts. This week teenagers from West Yorkshire hand-delivered a petition with more than 54,000 signatures to the communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, calling for a public inquiry into Leeds Bradford airport expansion plans. In total there are expansions planned at seven airports in England: Leeds Bradford, Luton, Bristol, Southampton, Heathrow, Stansted and Manston – all of which are at various stages in the process. Campaigners are also expect

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