11 January 2019
Commenting on the Gatwick Master Plan 2018 consultation, which closed yesterday, Cllr Jonathan Essex said that the master plan makes three misleading claims about its climate impact, and underestimates the carbon emissions which would be caused by a proposed second runway - by 55 times.
"By excluding the carbon emissions of flights (only take-offs and landings are counted) and surface access for passengers and freight, the airport underestimates carbon emissions by some 55 times, compared with calculations completed by the government’s Airports Commission.
“The scale of Gatwick Airport’s massive understatement of its climate impact is scandalous - and this alone should render this consultation null and void.
"In addition, the master plan glosses over the air pollution, noise and other impacts that an additional runway at Gatwick will cause. If we can’t trust Gatwick Airport to be truthful on its biggest impact, do its other claims stack up too?"
Find the full response to the consultation here.