Category Archives: Briefing papers

We produce briefing papers to make it easier for people to understand and put forward the case for sensible aviation policy.

A briefing on aviation emissions and air pollution

The aviation industry often argues that emissions from aviation are only around 2% of total carbon emissions.

These claims are misleading: they are based on out of date information; and they usually refer to a percentage of global emissions when a more relevant comparison would be with total UK emissions. None of them mention that aircraft emissions in the upper atmosphere are especially harmful. This briefing paper gives more realistic numbers, and explains why curbing emissions from aviation is vital if the UK is to meet its commitments on climate change. It concludes by examining air quality issues, and pointing out that the airport in its current form is already breaching EU air quality laws, a situation which expansion can only exacerbate.

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Third Runway Consultation

The consultation ended on 27th February. The Government will announce its decision in January 2008.

If it gives the go-ahead in principle, it will say it is up to BAA to come up with detailed plans. But any decision to give the go-ahead would meet with furious protests and may not be final as both the Conservatives and theLiberal Democrats say they would scrap Heathrow expansion.

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Runway Alternation

What is Runway Alternation?

It means that planes flying into Heathrow don’t use the same runway all day long when they are coming into land from the east. One week they will land on the southern runway between 7am and 3pm and use the northern runway from 3pm until 11.30pm. The next week they will switch round. Runway alternation only applies to landings.

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How you can help

HACAN ClearSkies is an action-based organisation which wants to change things. We rely on our members and supporters to make that change happen.

We believe that only when we have a large, active, visible membership that the powers-that-be will really listen to what we have to say.There are opportunities to take part in a range of activities including rallies and demonstrations, helping out at street stalls and leafleting your neighbourhood.

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Night Flights

How is “night” defined?

For the purpose of night flights, there are two “night” periods, as defined by the Government! Although “night” is officially from 11.00pm until 7am, there are only restrictions on the number of flights permitted during the “night quota” period, 11.30pm until 6am. How many flights are allowed at night?

On a typical night, no more than 16 flights are allowed between 11.30pm and 6am.

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HACAN’s evidence to Transport Committee of the Scottish Parliament on high-speed rail

There is evidence that high-speed rail could be a viable alternative to many short-haul flights now using UK airports. 58% of flights at Glasgow Airport are to or from one of the London airports. 100,000 flights a year using Heathrow serve 12 destinations where there is or could easily be a viable rail alternative.

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