Rishi Sunak -The Prime Minister, Grant Shaps - Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Mark Harper - Secretary of State for Transport, Baroness Vere - Minister for Aviation , Alok Sharma - President of COP26
STOP AIRPORT EXPANSION: REWRITE THE GOVERNMENT’S DISASTROUS NEW AVIATION STRATEGY
The Government must rewrite its supposed green aviation plan - called ‘Jet Zero’ - to prevent more planes, more noise pollution, and more damage to our fragile climate.
Why is this important?
The Government has introduced a long-term plan which is supposed to stop the aviation industry damaging our environment. In reality, it does the opposite. The strategy allows airports to keep expanding - helping frequent flyers to fly even more and increasing noise pollution in our local communities. Not to mention the damage more flights will do to our precious planet.
This isn’t about stopping families going on well-deserved holidays. There is plenty of capacity for that at our existing airports! It’s about preventing unnecessary airport expansion for the benefit of the tiny number of frequent flyers responsible for most of our environment-damaging flights.
Even the Government’s own environmental experts think the plan is bad - they’ve said there can be no airport expansion if we’re to hit our crucial environmental targets!
In fact, the Government has just been ordered by the courts to rewrite it’s big climate plan because it wasn’t clear or ambitious enough. The ‘Jet Zero’ strategy is part of that plan and is just as shambolic - for example, relying on unproven tech like carbon capture and hydrogen planes. It needs to be rewritten to include things like frequent flyer levies to reduce demand.
That’s why we are calling on the Government to rewrite its Jet Zero Strategy - and stop all airport expansion now.
Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) and Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN)