UK launches Net Zero Future for Shipping survey, invites comments and ideas – ShipInsight
The UK government’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will examine how the shipping and aviation sectors can best achieve net zero emissions.
During the investigation, the EAC will examine a number of areas that could play an important role in reducing emissions for the aviation and shipping sectors. These include: the commercialization of new technologies and low carbon fuels in transition to zero; demand reductions; and options for leading international action to reduce global emissions from these sectors.
In its recently released Transport Decarbonization Plan and Jet Zero consultation, the UK government set out its ambition to bring UK domestic aviation to net zero by 2040 by spurring innovation and early adoption of technology, with the objective of achieving zero net aviation emissions by 2050 and a commitment to maritime net zero as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the European Commission also recently unveiled its ‘Fit for 55’ plan which will tax aviation and maritime fuels for the first time while setting targets on maritime transport emissions and sustainable aviation fuels. This is in addition to the expanded Emissions Trading System covering maritime transport within the EU from 2023.
The Committee invites written submissions by September 3. These should focus on, but not be limited to:
- What contribution can operational efficiencies make to reduce emissions from aircraft / maritime vessels and over what time scale could these affect emissions?
- How close are zero carbon fuels to commercialization for aviation / shipping? How effective will the Jet Zero Council be in catalyzing zero emission technologies? What role should transitional fuels such as alternative fuels to hydrocarbons play?
- What new technologies are available to reduce aircraft / ship emissions and how close are they to commercialization?
- How should the government’s net zero aviation strategy support UK industry in the development and adoption of technologies, fuels and infrastructure to deliver net zero navigation and aviation?
- What is the fairest way to reduce the number of air passengers (e.g. reform of air passenger rights and taxes, levies on frequent travelers, bans on domestic flights where trains are available, restrictions on airport capacity) ? Are there political mechanisms that could reduce our dependence on maritime transport?
- What additional actions do the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization need to lead to emission reductions? What can the UK government do to take international action on emissions?
- How effective will the Global Compensation System for International Airlines (ICAO CORSIA) and UK and EU ETS be in spurring technology improvement and / or behavior change in order to reduce aviation / shipping emissions?
- How should the UK define its ownership of international aviation and shipping emissions (i.e. arrivals, departures or both) in order to include them in legislative targets?
Environmental Audit Committee Chairman Philip Dunne MP, launching the EAC’s call for evidence, said: “Aviation and shipping account for 10% of UK greenhouse gas emissions (aviation 7% and maritime transport 3%). As we get back to normal after the pandemic, we must find ways to support the aviation and shipping sectors while drastically reducing their carbon footprint: it won’t be easy, but failing to do it will never see. the British net zero take off.
“International maritime transport carries over 80% of global trade, and if no action is taken, its emissions could double by 2050. There are bold ambitions – unveiled by the government just last week – for that new technologies reduce our share of carbon emissions from international aviation. to zero net by 2050. It is fortunate that the government has launched a serious commitment in this year of COP26 to include these emissions in the development of plans for Net Zero Britain. But the technical challenges are immense, and we want to highlight through this survey the opportunities and risks in achieving these goals. “We invite submissions of written evidence to guide our investigation and encourage anyone affected by these issues to consider contributing.”
Details on how to submit comments can be found here