18 years after the Kyoto Protocol, the aviation and shipping sectors are the elephants in the climate negotiations room – having failed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050 GHG emissions from aviation are projected to soar 270%, while shipping's will shoot up 250%. With the Paris UN climate conference just months away, the world needs a deal which clearly states that international aviation and shipping will be subject to emission reduction targets.
Any Paris deal must also clearly state that ICAO and IMO will agree the measures to implement these reductions by 2016. Countries should also include shipping and aviation GHG emissions in their emission reduction plans. Our Road to Paris site monitors progress in the run-up to November’s conference with links to the latest UN negotiating texts, as well as news and opinion articles shaping the debate.