The UK has announced its sixth Carbon Budget, which for the first time will incorporate aviation and maritime emissions. The UK government will set the world's most ambitious climate change target of reducing emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, bringing the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050.
The new target is set to become enshrined in law by the end of June 2021.
Whilst the inclusion of aviation and maritime emissions into the target has been welcomed by many, the aviation and maritime sectors will require considerable investment and innovation to develop affordable and viable technologies and sustainable fuels in order to substantially reduce their emissions and eventually achieve net zero.
‘It is particularly impressive that for the first time, aviation and maritime emissions will be brought into scope. This new challenge will not be easy: the aviation and maritime industries contribute around 2.5% of global GHG emissions and have continued to grow rapidly over recent years.’