Will the UK lead the way in reducing emissions from aviation and shipping?
Imagine your MP standing on your doorstep to canvass your vote and to ask you what the UK should do to tackle the climate change impact of aviation and shipping. It’s hard to picture, despite the fact that aviation and shipping are projected to make up 10% of the UK’s CO2 emissions by 2050. These sectors present a regulatory challenge not only for the UN’s civil aviation and maritime organizations, but also for the EU and the UK.
The UK Parliament adopted a Climate Change Act in 2008. This establishes a binding target to reduce the UK’s GHG emissions by at least 80% by 2050. This Act introduced a system of carbon budgets which operate to cap the UK’s emissions over successive five year period. From 2013-2017 for example, the UK’s emissions are to be reduced by 29%. (more…)