UK to Include Shipping in 78% Carbon Cut Plan

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Tuesday April 20, 2021

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce that shipping will be included in the country's plan to cut carbon emissions by 78%.

Johnson is due to announce the plan later this week, news agency the BBC reported on Tuesday.

The UK's plan, based on the advice of an independent committee, is to set a target of cutting carbon emissions by 78% from 1990's levels by 2035. How this will apply to shipping has yet to be revealed, and further details are likely to emerge in the run-up to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, being hosted in Glasgow in November.

UK government officials have previously expressed interest in emulating the European Union in launching an emissions trading system and applying it to shipping. A key question will be whether the rules are just applied to ships registered to the UK flag, or to all ships visiting UK waters.