The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today written to the government setting out how international aviation and shipping emissions should be incorporated into the UK’s legally-binding net zero goal for 2050, necessitating the introduction of new policies to curb emissions from both industries. In a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps from CCC chair Lord Deben, the government’s climate watchdog stresses that its recommendation earlier this summer that the UK should aim to become a net zero economy by 2050 is “based on [the] formal inclusion of IAS [international aviation and shipping] emissions within the target”.
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The shipping and energy sectors have today launched a major push to cut emissions from their industries, ahead of world leaders taking to the stage at the UN Climate ACtion Summit in New York to make their own decarbonisation announcements. The shipping industry today unveiled its Getting to Zero Coalition, which aims to “lead the push” for delivering zero emission vessels by 2030, as part of the sector’s goal to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 against 2008 levels.
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Frequent flyers should face higher taxes to help reduce aviation emissions, according to the government’s climate change advisers. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) suggests that a “frequent flyer levy” would be an effective way of managing demand for air travel, which is set to be the biggest source of emissions in Britain by 2050. In a letter to Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, Lord Deben, the Tory peer who chairs the CCC, writes that the aviation industry is “highly unlikely” to be able to eliminate emissions by 2050, despite its claims to be developing biofuels and electric aircraft. The CCC does not go into detail on how the levy would work but under one model it could become progressively higher the more flights a person takes. The government’s national travel survey found that last year 48 per cent of people took no flights abroad while 14 per cent took three or more.
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