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Department for Transport’s assessment of the case for a third runway at Heathrow

…The Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Deben, writes to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, regarding the Department for Transport’s (DfT) assessment of the case for a third runway at Heathrow airport. The letter sets out the Committee’s concerns about how the DfT business case has presented the implications for UK greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.  …

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UK aviation emissions must be consistent with UK climate change commitments, CCC says

…proved the expansion of UK airport capacity, including expansion of London Heathrow Airport, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has issued the following statement: Emissions from aviation are a relatively small but increasingly important source of UK greenhouse gas emissions (making up 6% of total emissions in 2014). Since 1990, aviation emissions have doubled whilst economy-wide emissions have reduced by more than a third. It is important that…

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The Climate Change Act: a retrospective

…generation). There has even been an example of a specific policy decision (Heathrow expansion) being successfully challenged over a failure to refer to the Climate Change Act. That stability boosts certainty for business and confidence for investors in low-carbon technologies. It is easy to contrast that with the ups and downs of the UN climate process, the volatility in the European carbon price, and major policy reversals seen in countries like…

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10 Environmental pledges from the lib/con coalition Government

…to meet the emissions performance standard. 6. Cancel the third runway at Heathrow 7. Introduce a floor price for carbon 8. Through the ‘Green Deal’, encourage home energy efficiency improvements paid for by savings from energy bills 9. Reform energy markets to deliver security of supply and investment in low carbon energy 10. Mandate a national recharging network for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles The full list of pledges are available at:…

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Meeting the UK aviation target – options for reducing emissions to 2050

…back to 2005 levels in 2050 alongside its decision to support expansion of Heathrow airport. Together with deep cuts in other sectors, this would achieve the UK’s legislated economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) target to reduce emissions by 80% in 2050 relative to 1990 without the need to rely on purchase of credits in the global carbon market. The Committee was requested by the Government “to assess scope for [emissions] reductions, including from i…

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CCC sets out options to meet the UK’s aviation emissions target – 8 December 2009

…he 2003 Aviation White Paper (i.e. with addition of capacity at Edinburgh, Heathrow and Stansted but at no other airports) could limit demand growth to 115% by 2050. High-speed rail has the potential to substitute for domestic and short haul flights to Europe; this could result in a 10% aviation demand reduction in 2050. Video-conferencing technology is still at an early stage of development but by 2050 could substitute for up to 30% of business t…

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CCC to report on new aviation emissions cap – 1 December 2008

…ent today that it is giving the go ahead for a third runway to be built at Heathrow Airport. The CCC has been asked to provide a report by December on the measures required to ensure that aviation emissions can be constrained within the limit set by the Government. Chair of the CCC Lord Turner said: “We are pleased to have been asked to conduct this very important review into aviation emissions. In order to avoid dangerous climate change it is vit…

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