Climate Change Committee stresses need to reduce demand for air…

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Climate Change Committee stresses need to reduce demand for air…

Climate Change Committee stresses need to reduce demand for air travel
2021-12-07 15:20:00
The Climate Change Committee (CCC), in its report following up the outcome of the COP26 talks, says that rolling out the Net Zero Strategy must lead to emissions falling in all sectors (i.e. going beyond recent progress dominated by the power sector). They say there is a gap on behaviour change (e.g. shifting diets away from meat and dairy and limiting aviation demand growth). That needs to be changed, in order to get emissions reductions.  Reductions in aviation are especially important for the UK, as we have very high per person aviation emissions. The Committee has repeatedly stressed that an element of demand reduction for air travel is needed. The Government has repeatedly ignored that, knowing that anything restricting or make flying more expensive, is a vote-loser.  The COP26 Glasgow Pact said there should be no “inefficient” fossil fuel subsidies. The CCC has said that the absence of VAT or fuel duty on air travel are post-tax subsidies. .Tweet   COP26: Key outcomes and next steps for the UK December 2021 By the Climate Change Committee https://www.theccc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/COP26-Key-outcomes-and-next-steps-for-the-UK-Final.pdf Some extracts from the report, relating to aviation: Rolling out the Net Zero Strategy must lead to emissions falling in all sectors (i.e. going beyond recent progress dominated by the power sector). While we assessed the Strategy as strong overall, we identified the need for implementation to follow quickly and for clearer plans on agriculture policy.  We also identified a gap on behaviour change (e.g. shifting diets away from meat and dairy and limiting aviation demand growth), which could provide a route to slightly greater emissions reductions. … The First Movers Coalition was launched to enable companies looking to use their collective purchasing power to pull to market new and emerging low-carbon technologies and services in emissions-intensive sectors including aviation, shipping, trucking and steel. … However, there are a number of important issues that were not on the agenda at COP26 that nevertheless require concerted action to deliver Net Zero globally, particularly those associated with demand reduction and behaviour change: • International aviation. International aviation accounts for 2-3% of annual global GHG emissions, comparable to the emissions produced by countries within the top ten biggest global emitters.8   The climate impacts of aviation go far beyond its GHG emissions – contrails, NOx emissions and other factors that are outside of the Paris Agreement’s emissions accounting framework (referred to as ‘non-CO2’ effects) will also result in warming impacts.9 • Car use. Private cars and other passenger road vehicles account for 45% of worldwide transport emissions, and these emissions have risen considerably over recent decades. To reverse this, support for active travel and public and shared transport will be needed alongside the transition to zero-emission vehicles. This can deliver emissions reductions sooner than the uptake of zero-emission vehicles alone and would also offer a range of co-benefits, including better air quality, reduced congestion and improved public health. … • Leading on developing a Net Zero framework and pathway for aviation given theUK’s high per person aviation emissions. The UK NDC involves a larger reduction in CO2 emissions (around a 55% reduction from 2010 to 2030, excluding international aviation in line with UN convention) than gl

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