Concerned about the environment? Come along to aviation impact meeting
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Concerned about the environment? I ask as you may not be aware that the government is currently consulting on their aviation green paper that will become a white paper, policy for future governments’ thinking on the aviation industry. Having read the paper, mitigation seems to be the government’s new buzzword to allow aviation growth at any price to the environment and those who suffer the ramifications of airports.
On Wednesday February 27 at Ockley Village Hall at 7.30pm, a keynote speaker will be visit the
Surrey Sussex border village to speak of the environment, aviation and the ramifications on our planet, and the UK carbon targets in relation to Gatwick Airport and national aviation policy.
Tim Johnson is the director of the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), a non governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to tackling aviation’s environmental impacts, and has nearly 30 years expertise in the aviation environmental and planning fields.
The talk The Government and Gatwick Airport is free, but places are subject to availability on the night.
Tim will be talking about the current government aviation green paper consultation, which runs until April 11, and the impact of Gatwick Airport’s draft master plan for a three runway airport.
Tim is a lead representative for the international environmental NGOs at the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) where he co-leads groups set up by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) to develop the standards and recommended practices to reduce aircraft noise and emissions.
Tim is a member of the Department for Transport’s External Advisory Group and represents community and environmental interests on the Department for Transport’s Airspace Strategy Board and Airspace and Noise Engagement Group (ANEG).
He also sits on the Sustainable Aviation Advisory Panel and ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board.
AEF was founded in 1975 as a voice for local community groups impacted by airports, airfields and flight paths.
Today it represents more than 50 organisations throughout the UK.
The government’s aviation green paper shows concern about meeting carbon targets and openly accepts that aviation will breach these by 2050.
The issue is regional airport expansion on top of Heathrow that will inevitably cause far greater issues for climate change than recognised.
And did you know that according to a recent report by Transport for Quality of Life aviation accounts for seven per cent of UK greenhouse gases and it will be 25 per cent by 2050?
Fifteen per cent of the UK population take 70 per cent of flights, and seven out of 10 travel for leisure with three-quarters of travellers being ABC1 social class; and the exchequer misses out on over £10bn a year due to aviation not paying any VAT or duty as it is a heavily subsidised industry.
The talk is free and presents a unique opportunity for residents to hear from a keynote speaker.
The event is organised by CAGNE, Campaign to Protect Rural England Sussex and Surrey.
Prior to the talk the CAGNE, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions annual general meeting will take place at 7pm.
Tim Johnson, director of the Aviation Environment Federation