Our mission is to help conserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains
and to increase awareness of the natural environment in general.
AIRCRAFT EMISSIONS OVER SYDNEY
Burning this fuel will generate 2.5 million tonnes of CO2e per annum. This is also in the draft EIS, buried in an appendix.
Every aircraft movement, taking off or landing, will spend about 50km of the flight in the Sydney basin.
The burned fuel will generate 44,000 tonnes per annum of CO2e, in the Sydney Basin, and millions of tonnes more over the lengths of the flights.
Is it OK to add 5,000 V8 Commodores to the skies over Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains?
Is it OK to add 2.5 million tonnes more CO2e per annum to the global atmosphere?
How do we achieve emissions reductions, while also building long-life infrastructure that will generate massive emissions?
Over the period 2030 to 2060, emissions from Western Sydney Airport will climb by 8 times, while we are committed to zero net emissions by 2050.
The planes will run on jet fuel, as there is no viable alternative fuel on the horizon.
The burned jet fuel will generate gases and particles into the atmosphere.
Our surface transport will be increasingly hybrid, electric and rail-based, as we strive to reduce emissions on the ground. Reduce them much faster than the Airport pushes them up we hope!
The most interesting part in the draft EIS for me was the idea that CO2e emissions for Aircraft are only counted as Airport emissions when the planes are on the ground. Once they take off and leave the Airport, they become Airline Industry emissions!
Emissions are emissions, wherever they happen, they change the Global atmosphere, they cause global warming, they expose us and the World Heritage Area around us to gases and particles that we should not be breathing, and we must stop this happening.
© Ross Coster