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No 3rd Runway Coalition: “Heathrow expansion stopping UK from jet zero dreams”
2021-07-17 17:03:00
The government hopes all international flights from the UK can be made “net zero” for carbon emissions by 2050. Its new consultation, called “Jet Zero” sets out what the DfT is hoping for, with the remarkable reduction in carbon emissions largely being brought about by “sustainable aviation fuels.” The DfT is not keen on doing anything that would deliberately restrict air travel demand. Campaigners at Heathrow, the No 3rd Runway Coalition, point out that it would be hard enough to get anywhere near net zero for aviation emissions, even without airport expansion plans being allowed. And it would be completely impossible, if a 3rd Heathrow runway was allowed, adding perhaps up to another 9 million more tons of CO2 per year to be emitted. Paul McGuinness, Chair of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said: “It has long been clear that Heathrow’s 3rd runway is incompatible with the UK climate targets and would take up the vast majority of aviation’s residual emissions in 2050.” .Tweet   HEATHROW EXPANSION STOPPING UK FROM JET ZERO DREAMS 14 July 2021 No 3rd Runway Coalition The Government have published a Jet Zero Aviation consultation which primarily looks at achieving Net Zero emissions within the aviation sector by 2050, with domestic aviation’s target set at 2040 (1). Campaign group No 3rd Runway Coalition, who want to see plans for a carbon-intensive 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport scrapped, described the Government’s approach as “immaterial” until Heathrow expansion is ruled out. The consultation ‘evidence and analysis’ document (2) published alongside the main consultation document contains advice from the Government’s Climate Change Committee (CCC), states that all the scenarios do not bring down aviation’s emissions to net zero. Even with Sustainable Aviation Fuels – which the Government have repeatedly placed a lot of faith in the development of, the sector will still be emitting 9 megatonnes of CO2 per year in 2050 (3). The document states that due to remaining emissions, cuts will have to be made in other sectors. The consultation asks for views on how to do achieve this. The reason for these high levels of residual emissions would appear to be because Heathrow expansion is yet to be cancelled. The evidence and analysis document says that the various scenarios put forward are accounting for Heathrow expansion taking place. It cites fact that the National Policy Statement (the policy document upon which Heathrow expansion is based – passed in 2018) still stands, even though this Government have tried to distance themselves from it (4). Paul McGuinness, Chair of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said: “It has long been clear that Heathrow’s 3rd runway is incompatible with the UK climate targets and would take up the vast majority of aviation

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