UK: Travel’s stark climate challenges laid bare in new report

The UK will need to quadruple its environmental efforts to meet its 2030 climate goals according to a stark new report from the Climate Change Committee

Jun 30, 2023

Issued this week, the committee’s 2023 progress report reveals members’ faith in the UK meeting its 2030 targets has diminished over the past year. It singles out the government - in particular - for criticism for failing to create the conditions necessary to encourage and facilitate change in sectors like aviation, which has a relatively high carbon output.

Key takeaways

  • CCC researchers said government action on achieving a near-70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has been “worryingly slow,” with departments failing to heed previous CCC recommendations;
  • Aviation has come under particularly heavy fire as one of the UK’s largest producers of CO2 emissions, contributing 7% of the UK’s total emissions;
  • The sector produced the equivalent of 29 million tonnes of carbon dioxide last year – nearly double (95%) the amount produced in 2021 owing to resurgent demand for post-Covid travel, although this is still 25% below 2019 levels.

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