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UN chief, António Guterres, urges airlines and shipping firms to do more to cut GHG emissions
2021-10-15 12:34:00
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, says current efforts to cut carbon emissions, from international aviation and shipping, are more consistent with global heating ‘way above 3C’ – not 1.5C.  He was speaking at the Global Sustainable Transport Conference, and said airlines and shipping companies – and others – have failed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, and must step up with fresh commitments on the climate crisis as COP26 approaches. Otherwise the world faces catastrophic global heating. Guterres said: “Adopting a new set of more ambitious and credible targets that are truly consistent with the goals of the Paris agreement must be an urgent priority for both [ICAO and IMO] in the months and years ahead.”  ICAO has been ineffective. He wants carbon emissions per passenger to be cut by 65% by 2050. But Leo Murray, from Possible commented renewable energy would be better used by other sectors, than making allegedly “sustainable” jet fuel (SAF) – as the process is “incredibly inefficient”.  Leo said that the priority should be reducing flying rather than shifting planes to SAFs. .Tweet     UN chief urges airlines and shipping firms to do more to cut emissions António Guterres says current efforts are more consistent with global heating ‘way above 3C’ By Fiona Harvey,  Environment correspondent  (The Guardian) Thu 14 Oct 2021 Airlines and shipping companies have failed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, and must step up with fresh commitments on the climate crisis as Cop26 approaches, the UN secretary general has said. António Guterres said current efforts were inadequate and would lead to catastrophic global heating. He told the Global Sustainable Transport conference on Thursday: “Let’s be honest. While [UN] member states have made some initial steps through the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization to address emissions from shipping and aviation, current commitments are not aligned with the 1.5C goal of the Paris agreement. In fact, they are more consistent with warming way above 3C.” World leaders and governments will meet in Glasgow from 31 October for the fortnight-long Cop26 summit on the climate crisis. Representatives from the aviation and shipping industries will attend, but international transport has largely escaped scrutiny at previous UN conferences because they were left out of the long-running talks nearly three decades ago. Sections of the report show coal use growing strongly, contributing to the second-largest increase in CO2 emissions in history. Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’ Aviation and shipping each account for roughly 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that share is growing. Both face major technological difficulties in decarbonising, as planes need high-density fuel and ships run on dirty forms of heavy oil. Guterres is determined that the industries should not be allowed to duck out of global obligations to cut greenhouse gases. He called for more action as a matter of urgency, saying: “Adopting a new set of more ambitious and credible targets that are truly consistent with the goals of the Paris agreement must be an urgent priority for both these bodies [ICAO and IMO] in the months and years ahead.” He called for zero-emission ships to be made co

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