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News from the AEF
from January 2015

International aviation climate policy failing to deliver on emissions, say scientists

Policies to limit aviation emissions are “woefully inadequate” according to a recent paper written by Dr Alice Bows-Larkin of the Tyndell Centre for climate research. The study concludes that the only realistic way of ensuring that international aviation plays its part in emissions reductions is to manage passenger demand.

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Key points for responding to the Airports Commission’s runway consultation

We have produced a guidance note to provide people responding to the Airports Commission’s consultation with our main concerns. Our overall view is that despite producing thousands of pages of analysis, much of the Airports Commission’s work is still incomplete, particularly the components investigating the likely negative impacts of expansion.

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The carbon gap in the Airports Commission’s new runway analysis

We have identified three gaps in the Airports Commission’s analysis of the climate change implications of airport expansion: a lack of explanation about lower CO2 forecasts, no detail about how CO2 emissions would be reduced and not including full carbon costs in the economic analysis. We are asking people to raise these concerns to the Commission.

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Government plans to scrap local air pollution monitoring (again)

Defra, the department for the environment, released a consultation just before Christmas which proposed to scrap the requirement for local authorities to monitor air pollution. Under the plans, councils would no longer have to produce detailed assessments, including those showing pollution hotspots. The number of …

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