Preposterous claim by Leeds Bradford airport to become “net zero”…

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Preposterous claim by Leeds Bradford airport to become “net zero”…

Preposterous claim by Leeds Bradford airport to become “net zero” by 2030 (ignoring the planes)
2021-12-10 10:37:00
Airports are very fond of making grandiose claims about their efforts to cut their carbon emissions, from their buildings and ground operations, and reduce their environmental footprint.  That is all very welcome.  But it is merely disingenuous and frankly misleading as the claims to be “net zero” or “carbon neutral” ignore the emissions from the flights, that happen because of the airport. Generally the emissions from the airport itself are around 5% – that sort of figure – of the total emissions generated by the overall activities of the airport and its flights.  Now Leeds Bradford – trying to expand number of flights  – is making claims about how it will be “net zero” (excluding flights) by 2030. The term “net zero” does not mean a lot. Emissions can only be “net” if offsets are bought – there are few offsets that are effective in genuinely reducing carbon, over decades.  Carbon capture and storage would reduce carbon, but it is many decades away, on any significant scale. As most passengers using the airport are people who live relatively near the airport, going on leisure trips, the airport is keen that they reduce the carbon impact of their trips to and from the airport. The airport CEO wants them to travel in electric cars … .Tweet   Leeds Bradford Airport boss says it will become net zero regardless of new terminal being approved or not The boss of Leeds Bradford Airport has said that the business will become net zero by 2030 even if its plan for a new terminal building are knocked back. By Mark Casci (Yorkshire Post) Thursday, 9th December 2021 Vincent Hodder told The Yorkshire Post that the commitment to net zero had been carefully designed so as to be able to be enacted either with its proposed £150m terminal upgrade plan or with its existing facility. The new terminal building was approved by planners in February of this year but is now being looked at by the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government with no date for review having been confirmed. However Mr Hodder said that the drive to a net zero airport would be far easier and deliverable were the proposed upgrade to be approved. “We have been very careful with this decision,” he said. “We will be net zero in 2030. “The new terminal building will accelerate that plan and mean we can do it a bit earlier. “In either case however we will be net zero. Any refurbishment of the existing terminal would not be as effective as it would be with a BREEM excellent rated building.” The pledge to become net zero would see Leeds Bradford become one of only a handful of such airports in the UK, with only Bristol Airport currently having achieved the standard. Mr Hodder insisted the pledge was not an attempt to persuade Government officials to back the new terminal and took aim at environmental campaigners who may characterise the plan as “Greenwashing” – a term referring to companies who promote unjustified environmentally friendly practices through branding and spin. “It is very easy to throw out that term,” said Mr Hodder. “Green washing means putting lipstick on a pig or saying something that is not real or avoiding a real commitment. “This is a robust, clearly defined, transparent and deliverable plan. There will be a quarterly report on its progress.”  [The habit of airports distancing themselves from the carbon emitted by the flights they facilitate has been referred to, by a veteran aviation campaigner, as “the brothel keeper’s

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