WWF OPINIONS

Topics: Greenhouse gas, Climate change, Carbon dioxide Pages: 2 (557 words) Published: October 8, 2013


WWF
Best known as the world’s leading independent conservation body; we’ve seen first-hand how the health and security of people, wildlife and the environment are all interlinked We focus on aviation because this sector is already responsible for 12% of the UK's overall climate change impact (taking into account the higher impact of carbon emissions at altitude). If recent rates of growth continue, aviation emissions could account for more than 30% of the UK's emissions by 2050. Our work involves ensuring that these emissions are included in the UK Climate Change Act, the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and other international frameworks. We do not support airport expansion as we think we can use existing capacity better while protecting UK climate targets. We aim to ensure that climate change is at the heart of aviation policy and that major expansion of airports is avoided, which would vastly increase emissions and lock us into a high carbon future. We also want to see the aviation industry reduce its emissions to 2005 levels by 2050 through actions they take themselves, rather than just paying others to cut carbon on their behalf. Through the One in Five Challenge, we are also helping UK companies to reduce business flying in favour of lower carbon alternatives such as rail and videoconferencing That’s why we’re calling on our government to set a target to generate at least 60% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 to work towards our vision of a switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The world-leading Climate Acts in the UK and Scotland require us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Working with businesses, governments and charities to develop policies to reduce electricity demand. Advocating for strong energy efficiency incentives that will reduce demand in both electricity and gas supply Promoting programmes for more energy efficient buildings, both new-build and retrofits to older buildings Keeping up with the latest...
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