8th June 2010, 12:12pm
Airports and the environment
An aircraft in flight Volcanic ash disruption and sustainable air travel in a low carbon society will be just two of the topics under the spotlight at a two-day conference.

The University of Lincoln's School of Engineering is home to the EPSRC-funded Airport Energy Technologies Network (AETN), and is jointly organising the conference with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Loughborough on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 June.

The event, hosted by the University of Loughborough, has attracted some of the biggest names in the industry to provide an insight into environmental issues affecting airports and aviation in general.

Day one will look at some of the recent industry and policy developments and discussions will centre on issues like airports in a sustainable world and the future direction of the industry under the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhme MP.

Professor Paul Stewart, Head of the University of Lincoln's School of Engineering, said: "Aviation and the environment is a major international political, economic and social issue, with this conference providing an expert’s view on the major talking points.
"Volcanic ash, carbon emissions and environmental charging practices at airports are all current and topical issues which will no doubt be debated at length."

Other guest speakers include Aviation Environment Federation representative Cait Weston, Roger Gardner, ex OMEGA Knowledge Transfer Partnership and the UK Department for Transport heading aviation environmental impact, and Richard Leigh from RDC Aviation.

Environmental case studies will be highlighted by experts from Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Doncaster Sheffield airports.

The Airport Energy Technologies Network is an EPSRC Research Council funded project led by Network Director Prof. Paul Stewart at the University of Lincoln, and co-investigator Dr Tim Ryley at the University of Loughborough.

Further details are available on the AETN website: www.aeroenergytech.co.uk
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