25 January, 2008 – MMU leads China mission on evironmental impact of aviation expasnion
Aviation experts from research centres based at Manchester Metropolitan University are stepping up their work with China to control the environmental impact of its massive economic boom.
A delegation from Manchester Metropolitan University has been in Beijing to sign an agreement with the Chinese authorities to transfer technical knowledge and to share research and training in the areas of aircraft noise and airport design.
The Chinese Civil Aviation Authority signed the agreement jointly with MMU’s Centre for Air Transport and the Environment (CATE) and with ARUP, the civil engineering firm.
China, whose economy is growing at a staggering 11%, has well-advanced plans to build 48 airports by 2011, bringing the total in the country to 200.
Callum Thomas, professor of sustainable aviation at MMU, said: "This is a strategic partnership with China to encourage and promote sustainable development and is in line with the discussions between Gordon Brown and the Chinese premier Chinese premier Wen Jiabao on issues relating to climate change.
"The growth of air transport has significant implications for the environment and these impacts have the potential to constrain growth in this vital industry, if not properly managed."
The three partners will bring world class expertise to the table relating to the design, construction, operation and management of airports alongside the development and deployment of new technologies to minimise the environmental impact of aviation growth.
The Chinese Civil Aviation Authority also aim to set up their own version of OMEGA, the UK initiative, led by MMU, that brings together universities, industry and Government bodies to apply the best of UK knowledge to remedy the impacts of aviation growth.
For more information about the Centre for Air Transport and the Environment, go to www.cate.mmu.ac.uk
For more about OMEGA, go to www.omega.mmu.ac.uk
Source: MMU press release
Source: Centre for Air Transport and the Environment