Carbon Footprint of London Airports
- Issue Date: April 2014
- Client: Terry Farrell Partnership & Gatwick Airport
Proposal to identify the benefits from networked solution to meeting London’s airport capacity shortage.
Commissioned by Terry Farrell Partnership and Gatwick Airport Limited, Sturgis Carbon Profiling produced an indicative Carbon Footprint assessment for three airport configurations in London with the same maximum capacity:
- Single airport hub in the Thames Estuary with 4 runways
- Half of the airport footprint on land reclaimed from the sea
- Heathrow Airport would need to close and be demolished
- Gatwick and Stansted Airports operate with 1 runway each
- Three similar size airports around Greater London
- 1 new runway added to both Gatwick and Stansted Airports
- Heathrow to operate at current capacity
- Improved connecting infrastructure
- Three different size airports around Greater London
- 2 new runways added to Gatwick Airport
- Stansted and Heathrow Airports to operate at current capacity
Whole-life carbon emissions emitted by current airport facilities and the future carbon projections of the three proposed configurations were estimated.
- Constellation and Asymmetric Network projected similar results in the short and long term
- Building the new Estuary Airport would release a huge amount of carbon, more than the whole of New Zealand emits in one year
- Over the next 30 years the Estuary Airport would have emitted 33% more carbon than any of the other two options
The difference between the CO2e emissions caused by going to / from the Estuary Airport compared to any of the other configurations would double in 60 years.
You can read SCP’s report for the Davies Commission here.
You can read SCP’s supplementary report for Gatwick Airport here.
You can read the relevant article here.