The work of the Airports Commission moved into a second phase this year and over the past month, the AEF has continued to provide the Commission with our views on issues including commenting on the Appraisal Framework and discussing the Thames Estuary proposal with the secretariat.
Noise is one of the key issues in the airport expansion debate and we attended the launch of a report in parliament about the Anase report in 2007 and why it should be used in policy making. We were also present at an event part-hosted by HACAN which was promoting the idea of an independent noise ombudsman, one of the main recommendations to date by the Airports Commission.
In Europe, the key issue for aviation is its inclusion in the emissions trading scheme and we spoke at an event in Brussels on the issue and participated in a workshop with the Department for Transport and the Department for Energy and Climate Change about the on-going negotiations. A draft position has been agreed and it will be voted on by the European Parliament between now and the end of April. Our twitter feed will be adding updates on the negotiations.
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