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From UN aviation discussions to community engagement

September 29, 2011

In the past two weeks we’ve continued to work on our response to the aviation scoping document consultation and on the next AEF newsletter, which will set out the key points we’ll be arguing in our response.

Tim (as part of the ICSA coalition) took part in the steering group meeting of ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, which focussed on progressing work towards a CO2 standard for aircraft and reviewing stringency options for a potential tightening of the current noise standard (known as ‘Chapter 4’).

Back in London, AEF’s Executive Council met for its bi-monthly opportunity to scrutinise staff activities and ensure that they are helping to deliver our work programme for the year. Council members are elected annually from among the AEF membership.

With the review of the Government’s guidance on how airports should engage with local communities expected later this year, we also met with SASIG (a local government body), AirportWatch and Environmental Protection UK  to discuss issues around community engagement in relation to airport issues and whether the current system of ‘consultative committees’, in which airport operational issues such as clear signage are dealt with alongside local environmental concerns is effective.