In a close run competition, Luton Council have triumphed in this month's 'Greenwasher of the Month' competition. This is their reward for claiming they can develop a sustainable airport. Airport expansion and the nonsensical arguments about sustainable airports, sustainable aviation fuels and growth in flights that will help keep overall temperature rises to 1.5°. You will find similar nonsense at Bristol Airport and at Heathrow.
a sustainable airport .....
The proposal is to increase the capacity of the airport to 32 million passengers per year, by building a new terminal and making the best use of the existing runway.
Councillor Javeria Hussain, Chair of Luton Rising, said: “Our proposals will reflect the sustainability values, both of Luton Rising, and our sole shareholder, Luton Council. We want to maximise the social and economic benefits of growth and we firmly believe there is a way to grow an airport in a sustainably responsible way.
never mind that flying can never be sustainable - as long as there are economic benefits then who cares about the consequences. Sound familiar?
Luton Airport currently emits c2.2million tonnes of CO2 plus another c200,000 tonnes of other greenhouse gasses. The projection is for this level of pollution to almost double with planned expansion in operation.
Cllr Derrick Ashley, executive member, growth, infrastructure, planning & the economy said: “We remain extremely concerned over the impact of an expanded Luton Airport both on residents through inadequate access and particularly on the wider environmental impact of noise and pollution. In the current climate, low cost flying is not an option for a sustainable future”.
Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden added: “London Luton Airport’s plan to work around previous planning conditions to increase passenger numbers from 18 million to 19 million is poorly timed and ill-judged. I am firmly opposed”.
greenwashing: how we are duped
From Shout Out UK an expose of some of the biggest Greenwashers: How Companies Dupe Us Into Buying Misleading Eco-Products. Read it here
Corporate profits depend heavily on destroying the environment. While cases of hydropower investments evicting communities and toxic waste being dumped into rivers make headlines, we don’t realise the full extent of how involved corporations are with ecocide.
The clean energy claims of BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell: A mismatch between discourse, actions and investments
Read the original research here
A precis version .....
The long and the short of it is that if we're to stand a hope in hell of keeping anywhere near 1.5° (or under 2°) we have to absolutely 100% stop digging up more. fossil fuels and very quickly stop burning the ones we already have. Simple really - but the oil companies either don't believe that, think they can somehow sidestep it or think some technological fix will appear out of nowhere.
AND HERE'S a corker .....
Ready for a decade of difference: Heathrow launches refreshed sustainability strategy
Read the whole sad saga here but if you don't have the time and want a quick taster of what they're saying:
"In a UK airport first, introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuel based incentives programme for airlines, encouraging our partners to invest in SAF, reduce their carbon footprint and help to hit our carbon reduction targets
Develop a Nature Positive Airport Plan to continue to strengthen and showcase biodiversity management at the airport"
Heathrow Airport has just launched its new Sustainability Strategy "to help the airport build back better from the pandemic with carbon reductions and ensuring Heathrow is a great place to live and work top of the agenda"
What we really need to be doing is confronting this massive PR exercise which is trying to distract us all from the very simple fact that flying has to drastically slow down if we are to get anywhere near a sustainable future. It's not going to make a jot of a difference if all the people who work at Heathrow cycle to work and have vegan food in the canteens. What on earth do they take us for ?
Carbon offsetting is not warding off environmental collapse – it’s accelerating it
Wealthy companies are using the facade of ‘nature-based solutions’ to enact a great carbon land grab ....
Watch this explanation - 'Carbon Offsets 101'
Greenwash from energy companies
Greenwash in meat production
Greenwash in aviation
In spite of the occasional bit of good news, most of the landscape is pretty bleak. Big corporations and governments around the world are finally starting to say the right things about the Climate And Ecological Emergency; it's only taken them 50 years since science showed unequivocally what a catastrophe we are heading towards. Unfortunately their fine words are often accompanied by lies, half truths and disinformation. We will be highlighting some of the most spectacular examples of this cynical behaviour and awarding them "Certified 100% Greenwash". If you have any examples of Greenwash you'd like to share or would like to get in touch, please use firstname.lastname@example.org