Dave Lees, CEO Bristol Airport; a spokesman for Bristol Airport says:
“Sustainable development has always been at the centre of Bristol Airport’s plans. The expansion proposals sit alongside a roadmap which sets out how the airport will achieve its ambition to become carbon neutral for direct emissions by 2025 and a net zero airport by 2050.”
Cllr Clarke (Bristol) said it was “the biggest carbon related decision in a generation”.
He said: “There is absolutely no mention by West of England Combined Authority (WECA) of the negative effects of the proposed expansion including a million tonnes of extra CO2 equivalent gases a year into the high atmosphere (where it is especially damaging), 10,000 extra car journeys a day, a new multi-storey car park on green belt land and many extra summertime night flights.” read more
Major airlines say they’re acting on climate change.
If you’re a traveller who cares about reducing your carbon footprint, are some airlines better to fly with than others?
Several of the world’s major airlines have announced plans to become “carbon neutral”, while others are trialling new aviation fuels.
The good news? Some airlines are taking positive steps.
Our research reveals how little they’ve achieved
When you compare what’s being done against the continued growth in emissions, even the best airlines are not doing anywhere near enough.
Our research found three-quarters of the world’s biggest airlines showed improvements in carbon efficiency – measured as carbon dioxide per available seat. But that’s not the same as cutting emissions overall.
One good example was the Spanish flag carrier Iberia, which reduced emissions per seat by about 6% in 2017, but increased absolute emissions by 7%. Read more here
The bad news? When you compare what’s being done against the continued growth in emissions, even the best airlines are not doing anywhere near enough.
Be careful what you read - things might not be quite what they seem - even with some progress this story is definitely ...
Green Fuels, Green airports, Green Planes ..... Bring it on
Some more nonsense on flying and airports:
We will be using traditional fuels in planes until 2050. Read the story here
Bristol Airport Claims it will be Carbon Zero very soon (as long as you don't count flights, car parking or journeys to and from the airport. Unbelievable. Read the story here.
CEO of Luton
Council explains how airport expansion is compatible with being carbon neutral.
Luton Borough Council statement: "Luton Council has pledged to make the town carbon neutral by 2040 and we need everyone in Luton to help us achieve our goal. We’ve made carbon neutrality a priority locally, to help us tackle the global climate emergency that the planet is facing."
BUT the same Luton Borough Council are:
1. Owners of London Luton Airport Ltd, the company which operates Luton Airport. (see
2. Supporters of a proposal to almost double passenger capacity for Luton Airport (from 18m/year to 32m/year).
They say "London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) which has a long record of providing financial support for important community activities and services...... This makes the airport vital for the council’s work to improve people’s lives, and bring new opportunity, aspiration and prosperity".
Easy Jet's say "Flying is fantastic, it allows us to explore, relax and restore ourselves and it leads to amazing memories ... but it's time that we took responsibility for the effect flying has on the environment .... that's why for every flight we operate, we'll offset the carbon from the fuel used by investing in projects that include the planting of trees or protecting against deforestation and renewable energies. We believe it will make us one of the largest investors oil carbon offset projects globally ... " Read more here
Well done Easy Jet ... they say "we know carbon offsetting is not perfect ... we'll continue to research and implement other ways ... electric and hydrogen aviation technologies ... Read here
Two problems. One is carrying on business as usual and relying on future technological fixes - which of course just might not work. And if these solutions don't work it'll just be too late. Meanwhile, Carbon Offsetting also allows business as usual - just shunting the problem somewhere else. What we have to do is really simple. We need to stop pumping so much CO2 into the atmosphere now - not just carry on and hope someone else in the future or someone else in a far away country will deal with it.
Read here for a more informed discussion. "Offsetting projects simply don’t deliver what we need – a reduction in the carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. Instead, they’re a distraction from the real solutions to climate change. As a result, offsetting allows companies like BP and Shell as well as airlines to continue with their unsustainable behaviour while shifting their responsibility for the climate onto the consumer."
and more in the Guardian
More on Bristol Airport
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPPB) is the latest pension fund to join the pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, calling it an “ambitious but achievable” goal the institutional investor will outline targets for in the coming months.
“While the transition to the low-carbon economy presents many challenges, it also presents many opportunities to earn the returns we need to pay our members’ pensions while more broadly benefiting society and the environment,” Ontario Teachers’ Chief Investment Officer Ziad Hindo said in a statement.
And remember why the council turned down their planning application in 2020 - Councillor John Ley-Morgan said: "How can we achieve our ambition for carbon neutrality by 2030 if we approve this decision?" Read more here.
And as we know, because of the way emissions are counted Canada's emission targets are not going to be impacted by one of their own companies investing in dirty business in another country. Read about the way emissions are counted here.
And the Canadian teachers don't want their pension fund to invest in airport expansion. In an open letter the six current and former teachers said they do not want their money used in such a “financially risky and unethical way”, and would not want a foreign investor paving over their green spaces.