SEI Report- Aviation & Sustainability

Wetzel Dave davewetzel at
Mon Jul 5 10:00:59 BST 2004

Dear John and Howard

I was very interested to read the Summary Recommendations of your SEI report
- Aviation & Sustainability.
I fully support your objective to reduce environmental pollution from air

Have you considered the auctioning of landing slots at airports as an
environmental tool?

This would generate revenue for the public realm and encourage airlines to
rethink their use of the skies.

Currently, the value of these slots sits in the airlines balance sheets as
an asset for which they have paid nothing.
(In February this year QUANTAS purchased 2 slots at London Heathrow from
another airline for £20m, and there is a landing slot every two minutes).

I used to work for BEA (now part of British Airways). The company initials
stood for "British European Airways" but with so many flights in and out (I
used to roster pilots to Brussels in the morning and Paris in the afternoon)
we joked that the initials BEA stood for "Back Every Afternoon".

Consequently, BA has inherited (on grandfather/mother rights) hundreds of
these highly valuable slots.
A landing slot consists of permission to fly through the air in a particular
place at a specific time.

As no airline has created air, time and space - the key components of a
landing slot, these slots should belong to all of us and could easily be
auctioned by Government on the basis of a 5 year permit for each slot. At
the end of the 5 years a fresh auction would be held.

This process would be similar to Gordon Brown auctioning a part of the
spectrum for 3G mobile phone licences three years ago. The permit was for 20
years and raised £22.4bn. In 17 years time we can all have another bight of
the cherry!

Dave Wetzel; Vice-Chair; Transport for London. 
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Tel: 020 7941 4200
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bus ride).

-----Original Message-----
From: John Whitelegg [mailto:John.Whitelegg at]
Sent: Sunday, 4 July 2004 20:06
 I thought you would like to see this.  The report is published on 5th July

 It has already received a great deal of media attention eg:

  The Stockholm Environment Institute is pleased to announce the launch of
  a new report entitled "Aviation and Sustainability" by John Whitelegg
  and Howard Cambridge. The report sets out a model for international
  aviation policy  aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other
  impacts expected as a result of the massive growth in demand for air


  Please find attached a press release in PDF and rtf format. The
  executive summary and full report are available on the SEI website at
  the following address:

  We look forward to hearing your comments and we are happy respond to any
  questions regarding the report..

  Yours sincerely

  John Whitelegg and Howard Cambridge

  Stockholm Environment Institute
  Biology Department
  University of York
  York, UK

  Tel:   +44 (0)1904 432897

  The Stockholm Environment Institute is a global science policy institute
  with its headquarters is in Stockholm (Sweden) and it has research
  at the University of York (UK), Boston (USA), Tallinn (Estonia) and
  It has a strong interest in contributing to the development of policy
  through the communication of policy relevant science directly to policy

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