Wokingham Borough Council has announced that it will not support the expansion of any airport, including a third runway at Heathrow Airport, unless it can be proven to be carbon neutral.
The council, who last year declared a climate emergency and has since committed £50million to reaching its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, is opposed to any airport expansion that is detrimental to the environment and the council’s carbon footprint.
Heathrow Airport has proposed an extensive plan in order to reach carbon neutrality, however the council will only support the expansion if the Airport Carbon Accreditation Organisation (ACAO) confirms that the plan can successfully be achieved.
“The ACAO already designates numerous airports around the world, including Gatwick, as being carbon neutral. If Heathrow, or any other airport, can rise to these standards then we support their expansion and the economic benefit it will bring us,” said Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for climate emergency.
“We are committed to making the council carbon neutral by 2030 and will continue to work together with residents, businesses, charities and schools to reduce our emissions and to address climate change. We take our environmental responsibilities seriously.”
The council’s detailed climate emergency action plan is due to be reviewed at full council on Thursday 23 July. The plan sets out the key priorities for the borough to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.
The council has announced that it will not support the expansion of any airport unless it can be proven to be carbon neutral.