MPs sceptical Heathrow can mitigate environmental impacts

Plans to mitigate the effects of expanding Heathrow airport on air quality, carbon emissions and noise are unconvincing, MPs on the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have said.

The committee last looked at the issue in December 2015, and concluded that a new runway should not be approved until the airport could demonstrate compliance with key environmental conditions. 

The government has since backed proposals to build a new runway at Heathrow and has launched a consultation on a national policy statement on airports. Publishing an updated critique of the plans, the MPs said they had seen little evidence of the step change in the government’s approach they had previously called for.

The committee’s new report warns of unrealistic modelling of the impact of Heathrow expansion on climate change, which it claims would leave a ‘black hole’ in the 2050 carbon budget. 

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