Aviation's climate impact soars as RCEP slams airport growth plans

The global warming impact of aircraft using UK airports is set to rise at a staggering rate - and by 2030 could be equivalent to more than 40% of the UK's current CO2 emissions. The Government has shown little sign that it recognises the scale of the threat to the UK's future greenhouse gas targets, and the Department for Transport (DfT) appears hell-bent on a "predict and provide" approach to airport capacity. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) has now waded into the debate, with calls for a Europe-wide emissions charge and a halt to the Government's plans to expand airport capacity.1

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