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Aviation experts have criticised Heathrow's new sustainability strategy, claiming it does not adequately factor in expansion emissions and relies too heavily on the development of negative emission technologies.

Heathrow Ltd published its new sustainability strategy - Heathrow 2.0: Connecting People and Planet – last week.

The strategy sets ambitious targets such as reducing carbon from flights by up to 15% compared with 2019 and to cut at least 45% of on the ground carbon emissions by 2030.

However, those targets have been questioned by aviation and environmentalists alike who claim that they are based on undeveloped technology.

New Economics Foundation (NEF) senior researcher Alex Chapman also pointed out that these targets "ignore the airport's proposed new runway".

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