Omega (Opportunities for Meeting the Environmental challenge of Growth in Aviation) for climate academicsJanuary 28, 2008 at 11:56 am | Posted in Airbus, BA, BAA, Cambridge University, Cranfield University, DfT, DTI, Heathrow airport, Heathrow expansion, Leeds University, Loughborough University, Manchester airport, Manchester Metropolitan University, Omega, Oxford University, Reading University, Rolls Royce, Sheffield University, Southampton University | 4 Comments
Led by Manchester Metropolitan with Cambridge and Cranfield Universities, Omega involves six other UK Universities – Oxford, Reading, Southampton, Sheffield, Leeds and Loughborough. Partners also include government departments, stakeholders such as the Aviation Environment Federation and commercial organisations like BAA plc, Manchester Airport, British Airways, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.
Dated 15 March 2007, that press release shows how determined the government, BAA and BA are to push through airport expansion: they planned ahead, and are already funding research at UK universities using 5 million GBP of public money.
Following a January (2007) start, Omega has initiated 17 university-led knowledge transfer projects addressing short and long term remedies. Climate change features prominently with work addressing public attitudes on paying for aviation’s climate effects …
…amongst other topics. Note that the first climate change mention is in relation to a public relations exercise. How familiar this all sounds, groan … 😐
When Omega was announced last year, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darling said: “Solutions to sustainability are paramount given that the UK has the second largest aerospace and aviation economy in the world, and that the industry across Europe is worth $200 billion and supports 6.7 million jobs.”
Thanks a lot, Darling.
I guess that means we will not be able to call on climate scientists in any of these universities to help us argue our case in opposition to Adding capacity at Heathrow airport?
What do you think?