Government urged to factor aviation and shipping into UK climate goals

Business Green

Ministers are facing calls to include international aviation and shipping emissions in its national climate goals, as the government prepares to set out its plans for meeting climate targets in the mid-2030s in the coming months.

COP Spotlight: Climate Group CEO Helen Clarkson

Business Green

Helen Clarkson: I love a bit of COP. I'm not a financier, but it's clear that they have committed money and it hasn't gone where it needs to go, What is businesses role at the COP, and is it pulling its weight in Glasgow?

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All but two of Scotland’s offshore marine ‘protected’ areas are paper parks

Envirotec Magazine

This is not just an ecological disaster – trawling adds to the climate emergency and urgently needs addressing ahead of COP 26. Data shows over 44,000 hours of fishing with bottom-towed gear in Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network in 2020.

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The problem with COP26

Low Impact

The IPCC recently conducted a study into the combined effects of all the agreed targets of the countries taking part in the ongoing COP talks. Attempting to maintain business as usual (which is the only type of solution that will be debated at COP 26) will only make things worse.

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Ambitious partnerships on climate action are taking root and bearing fruit

GreenBiz

For example, the Mission Possible Partnership gets leading heavy-industry companies, banks and governments to create investment-grade “net-zero” sector strategies in seven key areas of the global economy — aviation, shipping, trucks, chemicals, steel aluminum and cement.

Michael Gove declares UK has a 'moral responsibility' to lead global Green Industrial Revolution

Business Green

Asked if he would like the job of COP26 President, Gove said "I am very happy with the job that I have and I think there are many, many, many, many talented people who could do the job of COP President better than I could".

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The Best Option for Airlines to Shrink Their Carbon Footprint

GreenTechMedia

The International Civil Aviation Organization anticipates that in 2020, global international aviation emissions will be 70 percent greater than in 2005. And despite impressive improvements in the efficiency of new aircraft and the progress in certifying new types of renewable jet fuels (five thus far), the aviation sector burns 10 billion more gallons of polluting conventional jet fuel per year than it did a decade ago.

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Election of Union Leader Who Called for COP26 to be Ditched ‘Not Ideal’, Say Campaigners

DeSmogBlog

GMB is the third largest union in the UK, with some 620,000 members covering work across a range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, aviation and manufacturing, as well as the public sector.

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COP26: Taking on the takes

Business Green

For all the evidence the Paris Agreement has catalysed an era-defining array of clean tech innovations and a remarkable shift in public opinion, there have been baseless arguments that the entire COP process is an exercise in futility.

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COP26: Government confirms all new HGVs to be zero emission by 2040

Business Green

Department for Transport revs up automotive transportation plans and unveils new EV charge point concept, as governments prepare wave of new initiatives to tackle auto, aviation, and shipping emissions. Similarly, new initiatives are to be launched to tackle aviation and shipping emissions.

December 2021 Cleantech Roundup: Year in Review

Clean Energy Trust

Credit: Stripe eadership from corporations to be committed first customers for products that can decarbonize the economy Several announcements around COP 26 highlighted corporates who had made commitments to be early customers for new technology solutions, in order to help create market pull?—?this

Government sets out plans to cut taxes on flights within UK

Business Green

Proposals to cut taxes on domestic flights within the UK while potentially increasing the duty paid on long-haul international aviation have been unveiled by the government today, in a move it claimed would help better support the UK's climate and environmental commitments.

This is the future climate hawks want to see

Business Green

More public transport capacity, improved active travel networks, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and continued R&D investment in low carbon aviation and shipping technologies. Of course, arguing all that is needed is 'political will' is something of a cop out.

The UK's short and long term climate plans must invest in nature

Business Green

Anyone who remembers the start of 2020 will recall a time when there was to be a climate COP in the UK in November. So long ago was that pre-Covid time, that the COP would have finished by now.

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Urgency and consistency must be the watchwords for UK climate action in 2020

Business Green

And then November will see Glasgow host the COP climate change summit, taking place five years on from the historic Paris Agreement. With the UK holding the COP presidency, top of the agenda will be to encourage countries to ratchet-up climate ambition to get us closer to 1.5C

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Next Prime Minister to face legal requirement to beef up Net Zero Strategy

Business Green

The Strategy was also criticised for failing to provide sufficient detail on how the government planned to tackle emissions from certain sectors, such as farming and land use and aviation.

Taking the positives from COP26

Business Green

But whether or not the historic reference to fossil fuels is retained, this has been the COP where governments, investors, and businesses made it clearer than ever that the fossil fuel age is slowly drawing to a close.

Heathrow expansion decision ruled illegal: The green economy reacts

Business Green

Supporters of Heathrow expansion had argued increased aviation capacity would provide a major economic boost to the UK and that a third runway could operate within the UK's climate change obligations.

Heathrow expansion ruled illegal: The green economy reacts

Business Green

Supporters of Heathrow expansion had argued increased aviation capacity would provide a major economic boost to the UK and that a third runway could operate within the UK's climate change obligations.

A modal shift from flight to rail is needed to help save our planet - it's time to act

Business Green

The strategy referenced the decarbonisation of rail, but primarily focused on the role of electric vehicles and sustainable aviation fuels. Which is why HS1 Ltd, with support from Eurostar, hosted a landmark workshop at the World Climate Summit's official COP26 side event - The Investment COP.

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COP26: 4 Reasons Carbon Markets Rules under Article 6 (Finally) May be Agreed in Glasgow

EDF + Business

President Biden and his team have made climate change a priority issue, and are pushing hard for a strong COP outcome. The UN agency in charge of aviation has taken important decisions about its own market-based mechanism.

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Shell and the new era of climate risk

GreenBiz

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — the folks who organize the annual COP events — defines “climate-related risks” as those: …created by a range of hazards. Shell and the new era of climate risk. Joel Makower. Wed, 06/02/2021 - 02:11.

Tackling food waste must be at the heart of national climate plans

Business Green

In fact, wasted food accounts for six times more greenhouse gas emissions than global aviation - so if we don't fix our food system we won't fix climate change.

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Government revs up Transport Decarbonisation Plan with proposed diesel truck ban, but will it go far enough?

Business Green

The leaked reports did not provide any indication of the provisions set out in the new plan to boost active travel and tackle emissions from the rail, aviation and maritime sectors.

'A good starting point': The green economy reacts to the government's 10 point plan

Business Green

We should be blazing the trail with a Green New Deal, coordinating international diplomatic efforts in the run-up to COP, and leading by example by setting out plans for the world's most ambitious green recovery - not kicking the can further down the road.".

Decade of delivery: How can businesses help keep 1.5C alive at COP26?

Business Green

We have been discussing with the COP26 team over the last several months, because they've been looking at these figures, and attempting to say: 'What could you do at COP, in addition to country commitments, which could move the dial in the 2020s?'"

On COP26, fossil fuels, and Tesco delivery vans

Business Green

The "mood music" in the room where it happens is said to be considerably more upbeat than is typical for the closing days of a COP Summit.

'We are witnessing the impacts of a disorderly transition': CCC boss Chris Stark on net zero in the wake of Covid-19

Business Green

Stark, too, is clear that state support for aviation and shipping should come with green strings attached. "I But there is clearly now an opportunity to ensure green aviation R&D efforts and negative emissions programmes scale up much sooner.

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'Repeated failures': Climate advisors slam UK's net zero policy 'vacuum'

Business Green

Moreover, a host of delayed policy roadmaps and whitepapers for heat and buildings, hydrogen, transport, aviation, biomass, and food must also be delivered, it urged, alongside strengthened plans to decarbonise electricity, industry, and North Sea oil and gas.

'An atlas of human suffering': Top figures react to IPPC's latest climate warning

Business Green

As the Climate Change Committee has advised, there is scope for much stronger policy on insulating homes, supporting sustainable transport, promoting climate-friendly food and farming, moving to a low-waste economy, and managing aviation emissions.

'Slight tension': From coal mines to nuclear, new Business Secretary hints at delicate decisions at heart of UK's net zero ambitions

Business Green

To that end, the government yesterday unveiled a new 'Build Back Better' council made up of 30 business leaders covering a range of sectors, from energy and retail to hospitality, finance, and aviation with a view to helping shape the UK's coronavirus recovery plans.

Behind the scenes at the IMO's latest meeting: Are governments all at sea with their first post-COP26 climate test?

Business Green

And in the run-up to COP26, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the UN bodies that regulate the aviation and shipping sectors to adopt "ambitious and credible targets that are truly consistent with the Paris Agreement", noting that current plans would track warming "way above 3C".

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'This is not a scary transition': Six key takeaways from the CCC's net zero progress report

Business Green

Aviation emissions were down a whopping 60 per cent in 2020, shipping emissions down 24 per cent, and road transport emissions fell 18 per cent. At COP I'm quite sure that as a country we'll be saying to people 'when you sign up to things, you've got to deliver'.

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Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: The green economy reacts

Business Green

It's hard to think of a greater dereliction of our responsibility as COP hosts.". UK Green Building Council CEO Julie Hirigoyen said: "With the COP 26 conference just days away, the Chancellor's announcements felt like they were from a different planet and a different time.

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UK raises 2030 climate target: The green economy reacts

Business Green

It's vital the UK shows action at home and leadership abroad to bring other countries with us in making ambitious climate change commitments in the lead up to COP 26 in Glasgow.

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Government set to license fishing vessels for continued bottom trawling in UK Marine Protected Areas in 2022

Envirotec Magazine

As we face a climate and ecological crisis, and with the UK having just hosted COP 26, Oceana believes there is additional impetus for the UK government to show leadership and to act at once to manage this damaging activity in all MPAs.

Ambitious partnerships on climate action are taking root and bearing fruit

AGreenLiving

For example, the Mission Possible Partnership gets leading heavy-industry companies, banks and governments to create investment-grade “net-zero” sector strategies in seven key areas of the global economy — aviation, shipping, trucks, chemicals, steel aluminum and cement. Encouragingly, the official climate COP 26 hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November seems to be leaning in this direction.

COP26: Nations set out climate demands as crunch Glasgow talks step-up a gear

Business Green

Other demands include cutting methane emissions by 30 per cent between 2020 and 2030, working to tackle other damaging pollutants, and taking more ambitious action to decarbonise transport such as aviation and shipping.

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Shell and the new era of climate risk

Business Green

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - the folks who organise the annual COP events - defines "climate-related risks" as those: ". As the Dutch court case made clear, society’s expectations of companies are rising even faster than global temperatures.

COP26 Climate Summit: What should business leaders expect?

Business Green

There's always a hope that some tricky global issues are going to be tackled," she said, adding that the aviation sector is a clear example where a more co-ordinated and ambitious approach is needed.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue: UK says governments have 'duty' to build climate-resilient economies post-Covid-19

Business Green

Boris Johnson joins UN Secretary-General and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in calling on governments to ensure recovery plans do not exacerbate the climate crisis.

COP26 delay speculation mounts, as calls grow for green stimulus blitz

Business Green

Given this is an evolving situation we are keeping the situation under careful review and are in frequent contact with the UN, Chile (as current COP president) and other partners.". As should the welfare of aviation workers who are self-isolating, or have been laid off.

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Keeping 1.5C alive: Is COP26 on track to deliver on its goals?

Business Green

Speaking at an event in Milan this month, Thunberg spoke for many when she alleged that COPs have delivered little more than a talking shop since the first Earth Summit in 1992. Will enough people turn up to say it's a legitimate COP?