MMU AVIATION experts are stepping up their work with China to better manage the environmental impact of its massive economic boom.
A delegation from the University has been in Beijing signing an agreement with the Chinese authorities to share technical knowledge, research and training in the areas of aircraft noise and airport design.
The Chinese Civil Aviation Authority University agreed to work jointly with MMU's Centre for Air Transport and the Environment (CATE) and with ARUP, a UK civil engineering and design 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.
MMU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: "I am delighted that MMU has been chosen to support this important environmental initiative. We look forward to working with the Chinese Aviation University on a range of research and technical projects, which will further sustainable aviation development."
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 latest knowledge to remedy the impacts of aviation growth.
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, unless we apply our common knowledge to new solutions."
For more information about the Centre for Air Transport and the Environment, go to www.cate.mmu.ac.uk