2 MARCH 2020
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In its response to last week’s court decision on runway three, Heathrow noted all appeals against the government – including on “noise” and “air quality” – had been dismissed, apart from one, which the airport said “is eminently fixable”.
It added: “We will appeal to the Supreme Court on this one issue and are confident that we will be successful. In the meantime, we are ready to work with the government to fix the issue that the court has raised.
“Heathrow has taken a lead in getting the UK aviation sector to commit to a plan to get to net zero emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Accord. Expanding Heathrow, Britain’s biggest port and only hub, is essential to achieving the prime minister’s vision of Global Britain.”
The airport noted judicial reviews were a common feature of major infrastructure projects, and the announcement explicitly did not prevent Heathrow expansion moving ahead.
The statement continued: “The judges now require the government to undertake more work to ensure a third runway would definitely be compatible with a strategy to mitigate climate change under the Paris Agreement.
“This is eminently achievable. Since the original court hearing, which unanimously backed the government’s process with regard to the ANPS, the UK aviation industry has produced a comprehensive and detailed plan which sets out the road to Carbon Net Zero by 2050.”
(See also Heavyweight backers for third runway in this issue).
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