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UK to include international aviation and shipping in carbon budgets, and aim for overall UK 78% CO2 cut by 2050
2021-04-20 10:18:00
In December 2020 the Climate Change Committee (CCC) published its guidance for the UK government on its Sixth Carbon Budget, for the period 2033 – 37, and how to reach net-zero by 2050.  That included the recommendation on aviation that there should be no net airport expansion, and that international aviation and shipping (IAS) should be fully included in the carbon budgets.  Now the government has accepted many of their recommendations, including that the UK should cut carbon emissions by 78% (compared to 1990) by 2035.  This is 15 years earlier than had been the original goal.  The CCC recommended  that IAS should be properly within carbon budgets; also that the target for aviation, instead of being allowed to emit 37.5MtCO2 per year by 2050, should be reduced to 23MtCO2 by 2050, following the BNZ (balanced net zero) pathway. There is no commitment yet by government to insist on that reduction.  It would mean a large amount of UK engineered greenhouse gas removals by 2050 having to be assigned to making the aviation sector net-zero.  People would have to pay for the carbon they emit being removed, rather than just “fly-tipped into the atmosphere”, which would make flying more expensive. Ways (taxation?) will be needed to make that fair. .Tweet   Climate change: UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst.  Follow Roger on Twitter @rharrabin 20.4.2021 Radical new climate change commitments will set the UK on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, Boris Johnson will announce this week. For most households the targets mean more electric cars, low-carbon heating, renewable electricity and, for many, cutting down on meat and dairy. For the first time, climate law will be extended to cover international aviation and shipping. But Labour said the government had to match “rhetoric with reality”. It urged Mr Johnson to treat “the climate emergency as the emergency it is” and show “greater ambition”. The prime minister’s commitments, which will become law, bring forward the current target for reducing carbon emissions by 15 years. This would be a world-leading position. Homes will need to be much better insulated, and people will be encouraged to drive less and walk and cycle more. Aviation is likely to become more expensive for frequent fliers. The government has accepted the advice of its independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) to adopt the emissions cut, which is based on 1990 levels. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted a major surge in CO2 emissions from energy this year, as the world rebounds from the pandemic. The UK’s new commitments come as US President Joe Biden prepares to stage a climate summit from Washington. Environmentalists welcomed the government’s move, but warned that ministers had consistently failed to achieve previous CCC-set targets. And they insisted that Chancellor Rishi Sunak must show clearly how the transition is to be funded. “This is fantastic – very big news,” Leo Murray of the climate charity Possible said. But he added: “We’re not on track to meet previous climate commitments and in many ways the government is still failing.” Mr Murray said ministers were “facing both directions at the same time”, as they had scrapped the Green Homes Grant for insulating homes, had not stopped airport expansion and were “still pushing a £27bn roads budget”. Ed Matthew, campaigns director of climate think tank E3G, said: “Setting an ambitious emission reduction target would boost the UK’s diplomatic drive to persuade other countries to set out ambitious targets of their own.” He added: “The UK now has the opportunity to spark a global green industrial revolution, but ultimately its credibility will rest on action.” The CCC report accepted by the government says low-carbon investment must scale up to £50bn a year in the UK. But it adds that, in time, fuel savings from more efficient equipment will cancel out investment costs. The CCC believes around 1% of GDP – national wealth – would need to be spent on shifting away from fossil fuels over 30 years. Its chairman, Lord Deben, said previously: “The implication of this path is clear: the utmost focus is required from government over the next 10 years. “If policy is not scaled up across every sector, if business is not encouraged to invest, if the people of the UK are not engaged in this challenge – the UK will not deliver Net Zero by 2050. The 2020s must be the decisive decade of progress and action.” Net Zero means cutting emissions as far as possible, then capturing any emissions that cannot be prevented through tree-planting or engineering. The government has adopted the new 2035 deadline for a 78% emissions cut because scientists say this is needed to keep the rise in global temperatures close to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. For Labour, shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said: “The character of this government on climate change is now clear: targets without delivery. “So while any strengthening of our targets is the right thing to do, the government can’t be trusted to match rhetoric with reality.” He added: “We need a government that treats the climate emergency as the emergency it is. That means greater ambition than this government matched with much more decisive action.” Follow Roger on Twitter @rharrabin https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56807520 . The press release by BEIS at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-enshrines-new-target-in-law-to-slash-emissions-by-78-by-2035 says: on 9 December, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) published its advice on the level a

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