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China and India blocking aviation-shipping emissions deal

A deal on including aviation and shipping emissions in the Copenhagen climate agreement is being blocked by China, India, Saudi Arabia and The Bahamas (1). Failure to include the two sectors (known collectively as bunker emissions) puts at risk both a major source of climate funding for developing countries and the long term success of climate reduction targets say environmental organisations.

EU proposes global aviation and shipping targets for Copenhagen

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The EU has proposed a specific global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation and shipping, but it has stepped back from committing the money that could be the key to making it happen. Last month, EU environment ministers agreed to put forward a proposal to cut emissions from aircraft by 10% and from shipping by 20% over the next 10 years (relative to 2005). The proposal, which has been approved by EU heads of government, is now a negotiating mandate for next month’s international climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Finance ministers hold back progress on aviation and shipping climate talks

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The idea that December’s Copenhagen climate change summit should set specific greenhouse gas reduction targets for aviation and shipping has made only modest progress at the latest round of UN preparatory talks held in Bangkok earlier this month.

Pressure grows for aviation and shipping to be given specified climate target

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Two leading world governments have said aviation and shipping should be given their own greenhouse gas reduction targets at December’s Copenhagen climate summit. The calls from Australian and Great Britain are effectively an attempt to by-pass Icao and the IMO in post-Kyoto climate efforts.

Shipping negotiations may sink global climate ambition

A meeting in London next week will be the last chance for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to set out how it plans to meet its responsibilities under the Kyoto Protocol to control and reduce emissions from international shipping, before the crucial UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.