6 May, 2008 – MMU's Omega Project reaches Commons
A WORLD-class partnership to tackle the environmental challenge of aviation growth is taking its message of progress to Parliament.
The Omega project, based at Manchester Metropolitan University, focuses some of the best minds in British science on future solutions to noise, air pollution and climate change associated with the spectacular growth of air travel.
Omega is co-hosting a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons with the
Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology on Wednesday, May 7. The reception will
showcase around 40 studies which are now in progress or being completed around
environmental, business and operational impacts of aviation.
Omega Chief executive Roger Gardner said: “Omega has become established as the first
port of call for academic expertise to inform and stimulate progress in many areas of
“Omega’s independent expertise stretches across environmental science, aeronautical
engineering, economics and air transport management; it is being mobilised to help the
environment but without harming the UK economy. This is a tough call as aviation
sustainability solutions are not keeping pace with growth.”
The £5m academic partnership was launched in Parliament in July 2007 by the Rt Hon Jim
Fitzpatrick MP, who said: “Omega will help us develop long-term strategies for a more
sustainable aviation industry, by taking forward important scientific research and provide
an influential forum for debate.”
Omega is now fulfilling that mandate with its unfolding programme of work.
Omega’s studies are being pursued by nine UK universities working with industry,
government and non-governmental organisations. The partnership is led by MMU, Cambridge,
Cranfield, Oxford, Leeds, Loughborough, Reading, Southampton and Sheffield.
Invited guests – MPs, ministerial officials, industry and community stakeholders and
media – will hear from Office for Science and Technology chairman Lord Oxburghe and from
Omega Chief Executive Roger Gardner describe the future shape of research into sustainable
aviation in the UK.
Among the 22 projects are work into climate science, emissions trading, fuel efficiency,
future technologies, fleet turnover, air traffic management, noise attitudes and public
engagement and airspace charging. Omega conferences are planned on conference on
alternative fuels and airport air quality plus the partnership is organising workshops and
training for industry and policy-makers.
Source: MMU Press Release