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26 October 2016

Expanding airport capacity makes little business and no environmental sense

Responding to news that the Government intends to approve new runway capacity in London, WWF UK’s Director of Advocacy Trevor Hutchings said:

"Expanding airport capacity makes little business and no environmental sense. The Government plans to ratify the Paris treaty, committing us to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint – and just weeks ago it helped to broker a deal that aims to reduce emissions from international aviation. Bringing more air traffic to London’s busy airports flies in the face of that objective.

“Before any concrete is poured the Government should publish a credible plan for driving down aviation emissions.  And its industrial strategy must unequivocally commit to low-carbon growth, providing long-term clarity for investors in clean energy, infrastructure and transport.”