The government has been urged to provide a £1 billion funding package for the shipping industry to ensure the UK hits its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Industry leaders have warned that they require vast public investment to decarbonise and deliver on Boris Johnson’s ambitions to make Britain a “shipbuilding superpower”. In a presentation to Whitehall officials, they cited estimates that it would directly create 15,200 jobs. A further 58,400 jobs would be generated throughout the supply chain, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Maritime UK warned that “action is needed now” if the industry is to launch decarbonisation projects.
Times 21st Sept 2020 read more »
Before the Covid-19 pandemic and its lockdown restrictions, air travel had become an almost unquestioned facet of modern-day life for many affluent nations and individuals – almost as much as the car. Data for 2018 shows the global population flying more frequently – and over longer distances than ever before – with nearly 38m scheduled flights, carrying 4.3bn passengers over a total of 54bn km. Aviation has been growing at around 5% per year before 2020. But what is the climate cost of all these flights? The oft-quoted figure is that aviation accounts for around 2% of global CO2 emissions. Yet, the impact of aviation on the climate goes beyond just CO2 and its emissions have complicated interactions in the atmosphere that can reinforce the warming impact.
Carbon Brief 21st Sept 2020 read more »