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Aircraft emissions at airports

Marc Stettler (Energy)

The potential adverse human health and climate impacts of emissions from UK airports have become a significant political issue, yet the emissions, air quality impacts and health impacts attributable to UK airports remain largely unstudied. The standard approach used to estimate particulate matter emissions from aircraft is compared to measurements and it is shown that there are discrepancies greater than an order of magnitude for 40% of cases. An alternative method to estimate aircraft soot emissions is proposed, leading to a factor 8 increase in the estimate of annual emissions from UK airport operations.