April 4, 2014
The Airports Commission has published its final assessment framework for the three options shortlisted for the building of a new runway, and to guide consideration of a Thames Estuary option pending a decision later this year on whether it should be included.
AEF maintains that new airport capacity is unlikely to be compatible with environmental objectives, and that the maximum growth in flying possible under a carbon cap can be accommodated within existing infrastructure. Our response to the draft framework therefore highlighted ways in which the assessment criteria should be used to rigorously test the Commission’s view that a runway can be built without unacceptable environmental impacts.
The final framework reflects our suggestions that:
The framework still lacks any meaningful noise targets or thresholds however, despite the existence of clear recommendations from the World Health Organisation, and of WHO Europe, regarding maximum safe levels of environmental noise.
The consultation document and our response are here.