29 Nov 2007 04:11:46
Airport expansion will 'damage carbon reduction plans'
Plans to expand London's Heathrow Airport will seriously threaten the UK's targets for cutting carbon emissions, an environmental campaigning group has claimed.
Any airport expansion plans, including the proposed third runway at Heathrow, should be abandoned if the government is to prove its commitment to reducing carbon emissions from aviation, argued Jenny Collins, spokeswoman for Friends of the Earth.
She called for an overhaul of the UK's transport system to increase its sustainability and reduce the impact it has on climate change and the environment in general.
"Friends of the Earth urges the government to abandon airport expansion plans - including a third runway at Heathrow airport - if it is serious about tackling climate change," Ms Collins said.
"Airport expansion plans should be scrapped and this country's unsustainable transport strategy should be given a complete overhaul," she added.
A survey conducted by market research company Global TGI earlier this year revealed that the UK produces more carbon emissions from air travel per person than any other country.