Concerns are growing about the environmental effects of aviation, heightened by the expected speed and scale of the increase in demand for air transport and the promotion of general aviation.
Aircraft emissions, especially in the upper atmosphere, contribute to climate change. At airports, aircraft and ground traffic cause noise and gaseous emissions, with implications for the health and welfare of individuals, communities and wildlife. Airport development is capable of radically altering the character of towns, villages and the countryside. Even at smaller airfields, light aircraft and helicopter operations can have a significant noise impact, while flightpaths can disrupt areas appreciated for their tranquillity.
The Trust works to raise awareness and promote a real understanding of the environmental effects of civil aviation both locally and globally and to explore ways in which pollution, noise and other adverse effects can be reduced.