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Government projections reveal a two runway Heathrow would be second worst area for air pollution in the UK by 2030

Information published by Defra has revealed that air pollution on the A4, which is the road running along the north border of Heathrow airport, is forecast to be the second highest in the UK by 2030, and still in breach of legal limits, without building a third runway.

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Gaping holes in Airports Commission’s analysis of airport expansion conceal potential environmental disaster

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gaping holes in Airports Commission’s analysis of airport expansion conceal potential environmental disaster A new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick would be an ‘environmental disaster’, says the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF) [1] on the closing …

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Our comment on the Airports Commission appraisals of Heathrow and Gatwick runways

The Aviation Environment Federation comments on the Airports Commission’s appraisals of expansion options at Heathrow and Gatwick. We believe the Airports Commission paints a misleading picture about the net benefits of expansion by failing to fully consider the environmental costs in the economic appraisal of a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick. This raises serious concerns about the validity of the consultation’s claims.

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Airport expansion would be incompatible with climate targets, AEF tells airport operators

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In advance of the Airports Commission publishing its appraisals of new runway proposals on Tuesday (11th), Cait Hewitt, Deputy Director of the Aviation Environment Federation[1], warned the audience at the Airport Operators Association’s annual conference …

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Joint NGO policy proposals for a sustainable future aviation strategy

Environmental organisations have major concerns that airport expansion in the South East could lead to serious negative environmental impacts including increased levels of aircraft noise, loss of ancient and valuable habitats and risk to national climate targets. Therefore, the Aviation Environment Federation has led a …

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The implications of South East expansion for regional airports

The AEF has published a new report, entitled ‘The Implications of South East Expansion for Regional Airports’ which considers the implications of building a new runway in the South East for regional airports. It would be impossible to build an additional runway in the South East and keep aviation emissions consistent with meeting UK climate targets, without cutting airport capacity elsewhere.

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Briefing: should the UK build a new runway?

We are publishing a series of briefings about the Airports Commission’s work. Our first briefing looks at whether the Airports Commission’s new runway recommendation was a foregone conclusion, highlights important uncertainties about the Commission’s claims on both economics and environmental impacts, gives an overview of the Commission’s work so far and outlines their next steps.

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