Business as usual for airport staff as Stop Stansted Expansion calls for moratorium
A coalition of airport campaign groups, including Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE), has called on the Government to suspend any increase in UK aviation capacity.
The protestors want the brakes to be applied until a plan for tackling the aircraft emissions which contribute to climate change is formulated.
The call for an immediate moratorium is set out in a letter to the Secretaries of State for Transport and Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Government recently delayed until next year publication of its new long-term strategy for UK aviation, which will address the sector's noise and climate impacts.
Expansion proposals announced by UK airports would increase the country's airport capacity by an estimated 200 million passengers a year – an increase of over 70% on the 285m that passed through UK airports in 2017.
SSE claims plans to expand Stansted's annual passenger numbers to a maximum of 43m would, if approved, add more than a million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere each year.
Mike Young, SSE's adviser on climate change issues, said: "While other sectors are reducing their carbon footprint, aviation CO2 emissions continue to grow apace. On present trends, aviation will, by 2050, be the UK's biggest contributor to climate change.
"Recently issued figures for global aviation passenger transport for 2018 have the UK in third place for the greatest CO2 emissions behind the USA and China. That is not a proud record for a country with less than one per cent of the world's population."
As the airport waits for Uttlesford District Council's Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) administration to review the planning permission granted a year ago by its Tory predecessor, it is business as usual for staff.
A team took part in a community drop-in session at Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church in South Street on Wednesday November 6 from 3pm to 7pm. They were on hand to explain about jobs on offer, community funding available and explain growth plans and flight paths to residents.