CCC statement on Government’s latest International Aviation and Shipping announcement – 19 December 2012

The Committee on Climate Change has released a statement in response to the Government’s recent announcement on International Aviation and Shipping. This is the Government’s decision on whether emissions from International Aviation and Shipping should be formally included in the UK’s Carbon Budgets.

David Kennedy, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change said:

“There was a risk that the Government would use this decision as an opportunity to water down ambition in the Climate Change Act. However, this announcement confirms the status quo that international aviation and shipping emissions are included in the 2050 target, and that carbon budgets are set on this basis.

Recent changes to the EU ETS for aviation mean formal inclusion of international aviation emissions as we previously recommended is not now possible. It is therefore sensible to postpone the formal inclusion of international aviation and shipping emissions in carbon budgets – but it will be important to revisit this once current uncertainties are resolved, for example when we advise on the fifth carbon budget in 2015.”

International Aviation & Shipping Review

Scope of carbon budgets – Statutory advice on inclusion of international aviation and shipping

Our report concludes that international aviation and shipping emissions need to be formally included in carbon budgets.  Emissions from these sectors were initially left out of carbon budgets (and the 2050 target) when the Climate Change Act became law.  However, they have been informally included in the 2050 target, for example, as set out in the Government’s November 2011 Carbon Plan.  Under the Act, a decision on the inclusion of IA&S is required by the end of 2012.  Formal inclusion of these emissions will ensure a more transparent, comprehensive and flexible accounting framework under the Climate Change Act and provide more certainty for the future.

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The 2050 target – achieving an 80% reduction including emissions from international aviation and shipping

This technical report accompanies our statutory advice on including aviation and shipping in carbon budgets and the 2050 target.  It sets out our scenarios for how the 2050 target to reduce emissions by 80% relative to 1990 levels can be achieved with international aviation and shipping included – these scenarios increase confidence that the target can be delivered and at a cost previously accepted by Parliament.

Download individual chapters of the technical report:

  • Chapter 1 – Summary and Overview
  • Chapter 2 – Decarbonising the Power Sector
  • Chapter 3 – Reducing Emissions from Buildings
  • Chapter 4 – Decarbonising Surface Transport
  • Chapter 5 – Reducing Emissions from Industry
  • Chapter 6 – Reducing Emissions of Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases

Exhibits – the data, charts and figures that appear in the technical report: