17 October 2008
Carbon exemption for aviation and shipping will undermine climate change fight
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh today challenged the Government to tackle the aviation and shipping industry in the fight against climate change.
News Environment Secretary Ed Milliband has announced that the Government will support an 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 rather than the 60% target initially proposed after a long campaign by green campaigners and politicians.
However, the figure will exclude emissions from aviation and shipping, two major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
John Barrett said:
“I am glad the Government has finally come round to the reality that an 80% cut in emissions is needed if we are to stand any chance in the fight against climate change.
“However, Mr Miliband appears to think he can simply ignore the hugely polluting aviation and shipping industries.
“It’s like telling everyone you’re going on a calorie-controlled diet but not counting cream cakes.
“As usual, there is a huge gap between what ministers say on climate change and what they actually do.”
The Liberal Democrats today laid down an amendment to the Climate Change Bill restricting the amount of tradable emissions reductions to 30%. This means 70% of emissions reductions must be met within the UK and aims to stop the Government using this loophole in the proposed legislation as an excuse not to cut carbon emissions in the UK economy.