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According to the UK Government’s own modelling, its plan to build a new runway at Heathrow Airport will increase carbon emissions from UK aviation 15% over the 2050 limit advised by the Committee on Climate Change.

The Department for Transport says these extra emissions can be offset under the new global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. This new scheme is an important step forward for tackling aviation emissions, but it is far from job done. Our new report Grounded explains ten reasons why the Government cannot just rely on carbon offsetting to tackle aviation emissions.

We are urging the next Government to come forward with a credible plan for aviation emissions before deciding on any new runways. If you agree the Government shouldn’t build any new runways without a proper plan for aviation emissions, you have until 25 May to make your voice heard.

What you can do

  1. Fill out this online consultation response form, or if you prefer, download a version you can print and post. Answer nine questions about the new runway to encourage the Government to reconsider its plans – you don’t have to answer all of them, just the ones that matter to you.
  2. Question 5 is about environmental impacts, such as air pollution, noise and climate change. Please mention our Grounded report in response to this question. Question 8 also asks for additional comments and supporting documents. Here you can include the link to download our Grounded report.
  3. Make sure you submit your response before the deadline at quarter to midnight on Thursday 25 May!

Any questions? Get in touch with WWF’s Climate Change Specialist James Beard:

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