WWF welcomes UK’s Committee on Climate Change call to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping

November 4th, 2011 by WWF

WWF has welcomed a call by the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for action to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

The CCC recommended that international shipping emissions should be included now in the UK’s target to reduce emissions in 2050 by 80% below 1990 levels, and set out options for including shipping emissions in carbon budgets.

Smoke rises from funnels of the Crown Princess cruise ship anchored in the Little Russell off St Peter Port, Guernsey on 18 July 2010 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

WWF also backed the CCC’s call for the UK Government to work towards a global agreement on reducing shipping emissions.

A recent report by WWF and Oxfam,Out of the Bunker – Time for a fair deal on shipping emissions” said a measure such as applying a carbon price of $25 per tonne to shipping fuel (known as bunker fuel) could help cut emissions while generating $25 billion per year by 2020, which could be used to tackle climate change.

Dr Keith Allott, head of climate change at WWF-UK, said: “International shipping has, like aviation, been left out of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for too long. That’s why the Government needs to listen to the CCC and include emissions from shipping and aviation in the UK Climate Change Act and carbon budgets.”

“The Government should also push for a global agreement on tackling emissions from shipping at the UN climate talks in Durban this month. An international deal to address shipping could be a win-win – addressing a rapidly growing source of emissions and at the same time providing a valuable source of funding for tackling climate change in the developing world.”


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