1: Carbon neutral airport

Bristol Airport is rightly dealing with emissions from their buildings, but the term ‘carbon neutral airport’ is like saying the M4 is carbon neutral apart from the cars on it. Or a fossil fuel firm boasting it has put solar panels on its roof. The sole purpose of the airport is to enable planes to fly, using vast amounts of kerosene.

The airport’s own figures show that direct emissions from the airport itself are only 6.7% (6,400 tonnes a year) of overall emissions of 938,000 tonnes. This is their figure to include land travel to and from the airport and airplane ‘landing and take-off, cruise and descent’ (which still doesn’t include overall flight emissions).

Focussing on these small savings is an attempt to distract from the 1m tonnes of additional CO2 emissions a year that airport expansion from 10m to 12m passengers a year would produce.