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Green Blob Throws Spanner Into Government Plans To Expands Heathrow Airport

London Evening Standard

The third runway planned for Heathrow may breach the Government’s own climate change laws if other sectors do not make big cuts to emissions, an independent advisory body has warned.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said it had “concerns” over how the Department for Transport presented its case for expanding the hub in relation to greenhouse gas emissions.

The plans have come under fire over the potential to hit air quality for millions of people living near Britain’s busiest airport, and the CCC warned the proposals could also have a much wider impact on industry.

The Government announced it had chosen to expand Heathrow over other schemes in October following a review by the Airports Commission.

In a letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark, the chairman of the CCC, Lord Debden, said: “The Committee has concerns about how it (DfT) presented the implications for greenhouse gas emissions from aviation in that business case.”

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