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AEF Reports and Briefings

We post our research, reports and briefings on all the topics we work on here. You can also browse our reports and briefings by selecting one of the issues on the right-hand side.

Aviation biofuels and the renewable transport fuels obligation

Sustainable fuels are viewed, particularly by the aviation industry, as an integral component in the sector’s ‘basket of measures’ towards managing its growth in CO2 emissions. Emissions from the aviation industry globally are expected to triple out to 2050 without …

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Report: The Great British Runway Myth…why there is no need for a new runway

Our new report, The Great British Runway Myth, explores and rebuts some of the economic claims made about airport expansion and provides further evidence on why we do not believe a new runway is necessary at Heathrow, Gatwick or anywhere else in …

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Briefing: Would a new London runway be good for Scotland?

New AEF briefing looks into what the impact of a new South East runway would be for Scotland. It highlights that the benefits for Scotland from South East expansion in terms of domestic connectivity, economic benefit and passenger growth are not as clear cut as suggested in the Airports Commission’s summary.

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AEF briefings: Airports Commission’s climate and economic analyses

The Airports Commission has claimed that a new runway at Heathrow would deliver ‘up to £147 billion benefit’ for the UK. But this figure is based on analysis that takes no account of the environmental or surface access costs of expansion. The results generated by using the Government’s cost benefit methodology meanwhile, are dramatically different: the Commission’s own figures suggest that building a third runway at Heathrow would result in a net £9 billion loss to the UK.

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Aviation emissions to soar under Airports Commission proposals, new AEF report shows

With the Airports Commission expected to announce by the end of this month its recommendation for expansion at either Heathrow or Gatwick, AEF has published a new report showing why a new runway at either airport would be incompatible with climate change …

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Briefing: Is a new runway compatible with UK climate policy?

Our new policy briefing examines whether a new runway is compatible with climate commitments and considers what options would be available to a future Government if a new runway is built in order to ensure that the aviation sector plays its part in emissions reductions

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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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