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Stansted Hails Proud Record On Noise Control

03 Oct 2008

Stansted's record on noise control came under the spotlight today as nearly 100 community representatives, MEPs, local councillors and business representatives gathered at Duxford Imperial War Museum for the airport's 8th Annual Noise Seminar.

Opening the Seminar, Nick Barton, Stansted's Commercial and Development Director told delegates of recent key achievements:

"First, we continue to champion the use at Stansted of the world's most modern, clean and efficient aircraft - the type operated by low-cost airlines that operate here.

"Second, we continue to keep noisy planes out of our airport. There are strict limits on noise, and we make sure that our airlines stick to the rules.

"Third, we continue to urge the government to get to grips with preparations for the new community noise action plan. We are ready to consult with local people just as soon as we hear what guidelines airports, including Stansted, will be expected to follow.

"Fourth, we publish today new and updated maps showing the flight track and height of aircraft arriving and departing from Stansted. This helps local people - or those wanting to move here - to better understand how planes operate in the area.

"And finally, we highlight that while aircraft numbers may have increased, it's a fact that the area worst affected by noise has decreased significantly in size. And that is thanks to advances in aircraft technology.

"We are proud to stand by our record of action, and today we take another step forward by inviting industry figures to tell us what more they are doing to make aircraft even
quieter, cleaner and more efficient.

"So today is all about building on success and renewing our commitment to drive for even higher standards of operations as we work to protect our community from impacts
of noise."

One of the main speakers at the Seminar included Dr Mark Watson, Head of Corporate Environmental  Affairs at the Society of British Aerospace Companies, who said:

"Current aircraft noise emissions are seventy five per cent lower than they were thirty years ago and we have set ourselves the target of a further reduction of fifty per cent of 2000 levels by 2020. An identical target has been set carbon dioxide emissions.

"The aerospace industry is confident that by the time the new runways at Heathrow and Stansted are built we will have delivered on our own self-imposed targets to cut noise, carbon dioxide and other emissions. Technological innovation will enable airport expansion to be sustainable environmentally as well as economically."

Notes to editors

  • Today's aircraft fly the same distance with 3 times less fuel than 40 years ago.
  • Aircraft entering today's fleets are 70% more fuel-efficient than they were 40 year ago (UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Aviation and the Global Atmosphere (1999) - section 9.2.2).
  • Aircraft operations have become 20% more fuel-efficient since 1997.
  • Emissions from the aviation industry are actually less than the CO2 produced worldwide by cattle farming.
  • We work very closely with our friends at Duxford, and today is yet another opportunity for Stansted to support this, one of the region's premier and most popular tourist attractions
  • The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) is the UK's national trade association representing companies supplying civil air transport, defence, homeland security and space. SBAC encompasses the British Airports Group. Together with its regional partners, SBAC represents over 2,600 companies, assisting them in developing new business globally, facilitating innovation and competitiveness and providing regulatory services in technical standards and accreditation.
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