Could net-zero carbon halt Heathrow expansion?

The government has admitted that building a third runway at Britain’s largest airport may be incompatible with achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. Gareth Simkins looks into the implications.

Despite the recent failure of attempts to overturn plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, the Department for Transport (DfT) has signalled that the project’s final approval is not assured.

What adopting a net-zero carbon target for 2050, alongside the Commons’ declaration of a climate emergency, will mean for aviation will need “careful consideration” wrote a senior official last week. Revisions to policy may follow.

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