Plans for a major building programme at Heathrow, including the construction of a third runway, have been given the go-ahead by climate change advisers who say the extension could be completed without jeopardising the Government’s carbon emissions targets.
According to a report by the committee on climate change, to be published today, up to 138 million, or 60 per cent, more passengers could use British airports in 2050 without breaching targets to reduce aviation emissions to below 2005 levels.
Committee chief executive David Kennedy said: “You can see how you can do the maths and have a third runway and be within the 60 per cent limit.
“You could have a world where you have an extra runway at Heathrow, where you use it and where you are within that 60 per cent demand growth rate. So they are not inconsistent with each other.”
The report, which is expected to shock campaigners against the expansion, is being published as the world leaders meet for the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.