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South east doesn’t need more runways

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Reacting to the Airports Commission Interim Report published today (Tuesday 17 December 2013), Friends of the Earth Senior Campaigner Jane Thomas said:  “Building new airports and runways will have a huge impact on local communities and their environment, and pump more climate-changing pollution into our atmosphere.

“If our airports are allowed to expand, other sectors of the economy will have to make even bigger carbon cuts to enable the UK to play its part in tackling climate change.

“The south east doesn’t need aviation expansion – London has more flights to the world’s business centres than its European competitors.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Airports Commission agreed with Friends of the Earth that a carbon cap should now be ‘the limiting factor for aviation demand growth overall’. But airport expansion will require other sectors to make even bigger cuts – and there is no guarantee that this will happen.
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