According to a report by the Campaign for Better Transport, a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick could spell the end of budget flights from the UK’s airports, due to charges that would have to be added to meet the UK’s legally binding climate change limits
Last summer the Airports Commission recommended that a new runway should be built at Heathrow airport. The Commission claimed that building a new runway is in line with the UK’s limit on carbon emissions. But new analysis of the Airports Commission’s figures shows that they expect carbon prices to soar if a new runway is built, potentially adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of plane tickets from UK airports.
According to the report, Air Traffic Controls, the increase in costs of return tickets by 2050 if a new runway is built would be up to:
- £99 from Birmingham to Malta
- £99 from Edinburgh to Malaga
- £106 from London to Athens
- £127 from Manchester to Tenerife
- £148 from Newcastle to Sharm El Sheikh
- £221 from London to Florida
This means a family of four would have to pay up to £883 more for a return flight from London to Florida.
The new research unpicks the complex measures the Airports Commission has claimed will allow UK climate commitments to be met, despite a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick substantially increasing carbon emissions from air travel.
Air Traffic Controls shows that the Airports Commission’s plan to increase ticket prices in order to discourage travellers and so reduce carbon emissions would spell the end of low-cost flights – putting foreign holidays out of reach for people on low incomes.
Leo Murray, one of the report’s authors, said: “There has been far too little scrutiny of the Airports Commission’s proposals for squaring airport expansion in the South East with the UK’s climate change targets, with the details hidden deep inside hundreds of pages of technical reports. Our analysis reveals the Airports Commission’s approach to the climate change problem to be a combination of wishful thinking and reverse engineering.
Building a new runway while still meeting our climate change commitments is expected to add hundreds of pounds to the cost of flights from all of the UK’s airports if the Commission’s proposals are enacted.”
Building a new runway while still meeting our climate change commitments is expected to add hundreds of pounds to the cost of flights from all of the UK’s airports if the Commission’s proposals are enacted.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, added: “This important report is very clear, if the Government approves a new runway in the South East it risks either breaking the national carbon budget, or pricing those on lower incomes out of the sky entirely.
“The Airports Commission uses heroic assumptions about technology and efficiency improvements which are at odds with the Government’s own analysis. Worse, the huge sums the Commission proposes adding to the cost of plane tickets to allow a new runway to be built have so far gone almost unnoticed, and have not featured in the debate about expansion.
“There are other options. For example, a Frequent Flyer Levy would keep things affordable for those who only fly occasionally while making sure those who fly much more frequently are faced with a price tag that reflects the impact of what they’re doing.”
Welcoming the Campaign for Better Transport’s report Air Traffic Controls: the hidden costs of a new London runway, WWF-UK CEO David Nussbaum said: “This report exposes the truth that was buried in the Airport Commission’s report: new airport capacity is difficult – and expensive – to reconcile with the need to reduce carbon emissions.
“Before greenlighting any new runways, the UK Government needs to set out a plan illustrating how any new airport capacity would not bust our carbon budgets and unravel our Paris commitments. It must also work with other nations on a strong global deal to cap and reduce emissions from flying. ”
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”