November 4, 2011
AEF’s response to the Government’s recent consultation on the future of UK aviation policy is available below. In our response we welcome the Government’s acknowledgement that the level of growth planned for in the previous policy, the 2003 white paper, was not environmentally sustainable. We argue that the new aviation policy needs to define clearly the environmental limits within which the industry can develop and compete before determining decisions on airport capacity and aviation growth. Our response consists of six documents:
Scoping document response – the main paper in which we tackle the large majority of the consultation questions
AEF Appendix – aviation and economy – supplementary evidence and analysis relating to the sector’s economic costs and benefits
Noise dialogue final paper – a submission put together collectively by AEF, BA, HACAN, Heathrow Airport and NATS
WWF-AEF airport capacity report – analysis conducted by AEF for WWF-UK into UK airport capacity in the context of the target to return aviation emissions at 2005 levels by 2050.
NPPF consultation response – our response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework, included here because of the need for policies on both aviation and planning to ensure that airport development meets sustainability criteria; the response notes a particular policy gap in relation to airport planning and climate change
Airports, risk and the public interest – an evidence paper calling for change to the way in which public safety around airports is handled