Heathrow expansion: Inside the airport's plans to address air pollution

In June, Heathrow airport put out its most detailed plans to date of how it intends to mitigate the impact of its proposed third runway, with measures to address air quality, noise and operational greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change campaigners have focused their efforts on challenging the government’s Airports National Policy Statement, which sets out the conditions for Heathrow’s expansion, on the basis that it will increase greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. 

However, Heathrow’s own biggest challenge is likely to be related to air pollution from increased traffic to the expanded airport. It has already set out plans to introduce an ultra-low emissions zone from 2022, to be replaced by a vehicle access charge once the expansion is completed, alongside measures to reduce construction and staff vehicles entering the site.

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