SNP accused of ‘greenwashing backroom deal’ over higher Scottish aviation…

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SNP accused of ‘greenwashing backroom deal’ over higher Scottish aviation…

SNP accused of ‘greenwashing backroom deal’ over higher Scottish aviation CO2 if Heathrow expands
2022-03-08 14:47:00
Documents have shown that the Scottish Government has adopted aviation industry claims that expanding Heathrow would not lead to increased CO2 emissions from Scotland.  Logically, if there are many more flights between Scottish airports and Heathrow, that would increase Scotland’s aviation carbon emissions. A memo prepared for Scotland’s First Minister last October, obtained by The Ferret, claims that “there is nothing to suggest that LHR [Heathrow] expansion will have a negative impact on emissions attributable to Scotland”. Environmental groups say it is “worrying to see how closely aligned the Scottish Government appears to be with the aviation lobby,” and argue that the document “casts doubt on how serious the Scottish Government is about reaching its climate targets”. Claims that emissions would not rise are based on the aviation sector’s over-optimistic hopes that remarkable novel fuels will soon be produced (or electric planes will fly using zero-carbon electricity ….) that will mean flying will no longer emit so much carbon. The AEF said the claim that Scotland’s emissions wouldn’t increase as a result of a third runway “suggest[s] some very odd carbon accounting somewhere along the line”. .Tweet .   SNP accused of ‘greenwashing backroom deal’ over Heathrow expansion 6.3.2022 By Donald Campbell, The Ferret in Herald Scotland The Scottish Government has adopted aviation industry claims that expanding Heathrow airport will not lead to increased emissions from Scotland, internal documents show. Just two years ago, the government calculated that adding a third runway at Heathrow would lead to an additional 600,000 tonnes of climate-warming carbon emissions. However, a memo prepared for the First Minister last October, obtained by The Ferret, now claims that “there is nothing to suggest that LHR [Heathrow] expansion will have a negative impact on emissions attributable to Scotland”. Environmental groups say it is “worrying to see how closely aligned the Scottish Government appears to be with the aviation lobby,” and argue that the document “casts doubt on how serious the Scottish Government is about reaching its climate targets”. The advice to the First Minister, dated October 2021, claims that “emissions from our LHR flights should decrease over time” because of efforts by the industry “to move to…zero emission aircraft” and “introduce sustainable aviation fuels”. Green groups believe this assessment is dubious. Campaign group the Aviation Environment Federation says the claim that Scotland’s emissions wouldn’t increase as a result of a third runway – even if there’s an increase in flights between Hea

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