Managers aim for carbon neutrality

PUBLISHED: 13:12 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7: AIRPORT managers have vowed to make Exeter International 'carbon neutral' in a bid to counter concerns from environmentalists. Environmental groups argue that planes are the most polluting form of transport - according to the Natural Resource Defence Coun

AIRPORT managers have vowed to make Exeter International 'carbon neutral' in a bid to counter concerns from environmentalists.Environmental groups argue that planes are the most polluting form of transport - according to the Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC), fuel burned by aeroplanes puts nitrogen oxide and water vapour at 30,000 feet. These two additional greenhouse gases together give as much as twice the global warming effect as the carbon dioxide released by the aeroplane. There are also concerns that additional air travel will increase noise pollution to homes under the flight paths, while there are fears that air quality around the airport could decrease.But airport bosses insist their plan is to 'carefully manage' their relationship with the environment, with an Environmental Management Strategy, and vow to make the airport carbon neutral by 2015.They will develop on-site renewable energy sources, and procure energy from the same source, increase waste recycling by 30 per cent and encourage the use of public transport, reducing the reliance on car journeys.Mr Spooner said: "A range of actions will be introduced to achieve carbon neutrality including efficiency, green supply, short-term off-setting and the development and creation of green energy sources."However, what these 'range of actions' were had yet to be identified.He added that overall ground noise levels would increase by 2030, but were "not expected to exceed recognised daytime environmental noise limits".

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