Delivering Sustainable Airport Expansion | IPT
Chair: Chris Matheson MP, Shadow Minister for Cabinet Office
Speaker: Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK
Speaker: Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association
Dinner Discussion


Tuesday 25 February 2020


House of Commons

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Aviation contributes at least £122 billion to the United Kingdom economy, supports half a million jobs and serves 284 million passengers each year. The Government has pledged to reduced greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. UK aviation accounts for roughly 7% of total emissions, up from 5% in 2005, and could represent as much as 25% of emission by 2050. Demand has grown significantly, up to 35%, in recent years with many airports outside the South East growing at rates above 50%. The Chair of Climate Change Committee, Lord Deben, has suggested that if Heathrow is expanded it would not be possible to expand other airports and hit climate targets. With demand likely to increase, how can this be managed sustainably?

This dinner discussion will:

  • Discuss the role higher load, increased fuel efficiency and sustainable biofuels could play in reducing emissions
  • Consider the national and regional balance of the aviation sector and potential expansions
  • Explore what factors a future capacity strategy could consider for future investments