Stop Heathrow Expansion to help tackle Climate Change, delegates urged

No 3rd Runway Coalition Campaigners have reminded delegates travelling to COP26 of the need to tackle large scale emitting projects such as Heathrow expansion.


Heathrow is the world’s second highest transportation emitter and the UK's single largest polluter of Green House Gases. The Airport currently emits around 20MtCO2 of carbon annually. The proposed 3rd runway would increase this by approximately 7MtCO2 to 27MtCO2.


The UK Government's Jet Zero Consultation document recently identified that approving airport expansions would significantly undermine the UK's claim to be serious about cutting emissions.

Paul McGuinness, Chair of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said:

“In the summer, a Government document identified that approving airport expansions would hugely undermine the UK's claim to be serious about cutting emissions. So, just as we question the sincerity of those delegates who are flying from Heathrow to Glasgow for COP26, the world may well question the Government’s seriousness on carbon emissions if it doesn’t rule out Heathrow expansion."