Date lodged: 12 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether the creation of a third runway at Heathrow Airport will make it easier or harder to meet its environmental and climate targets.
Answered by: Keith Brown 9 November 2016
Scotland is showing global leadership by including both domestic and international aviation in its emissions reduction targets. While we recognise that policies to boost economic growth by improving Scotland’s air connectivity may lead to an increase in aviation emissions, we are prepared to work harder in other areas to ensure we are driving down overall emissions.
With the next generation of aircraft comes improvements on performance and better fuel efficiency. This will have a significant impact on how the aviation industry manages its environmental impact. Combined with research into alternative biofuels, there are a number of developments being pursued to help mitigate the impact of aviation emissions.