West Sussex County Times - Sarah Page

Campaigners fighting plans to expand Gatwick Airport say that climate change costs of expansion have been ‘substantially underestimated.’

Both the group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions - CAGNE - and the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign - GACC - say that a report by economic advisers the New Economics Foundation has revealed that the airport’s expansion consultation, which closed in December 2021, used out-of-date values for carbon emissions generated by the proposed project, ‘substantially underestimating the true climate change costs of expansion.’

A spokesperson for CAGNE said: “This must now seriously question Gatwick plans for expansion and the results of the public consultation as decisions were based on flawed data according to this new report.”

The group says that all active UK airport expansion should now be paused “in light of this new evidence.”

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