The UK Government should include aviation and shipping in the Climate Change Act as it is a “no-brainer”.
That’s the view of environmental group WWF, commenting after the Energy and Climate Change Committee warned the Government that the exclusion would not help avoid global temperature rises of 2°C. The Committee said this could “water down” the UK’s 2050 climate target.
Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK said: “Aviation and shipping are rapidly growing sources of emissions and formally including them in the Climate Change Act should be a no-brainer. If the Government decides to exclude these sectors, this would be a serious weakening of the UK’s world-leading Climate Change Act and another blow to David Cameron’s green credentials. The Committee on Climate Change has made clear that the decision will entail no additional costs and would essentially tidy up a slightly messy accounting system.”
The Committee warned UK greenhouse gas emissions, including international aviation and shipping, need to fall to around 160 Metric Tonne Carbon Dioxide by 2050.