COP21: Shipping and aviation emissions are the elephants in the room

Aviation emissions are responsible for 5% of global warming and shipping makes up almost 3% of global CO2. These sectors have a CO2 impact equal to the UK and Germany and are continuing to grow rapidly – by up to 270% in 2050, by which time they could account for almost 40% of all emissions [1]. Such emission growth will undermine reductions efforts by all countries and other sectors, effectively making the 1.5/2°C objective impossible to achieve.

T&E calls on all Parties to include a clear requirement in the COP21 Agreement for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to set realistic reduction targets consistent with 1.5/2°C objective by 2016 and to adopt measures to achieve them.