The British government has ignored widespread calls to extend its existing carbon budgets to international aviation and shipping. These budgets set the amount of CO2 the UK can release in a given period and are legally binding.
On Wednesday, the government delayed a decision on whether to include these sectors until at least 2016, when the UK’s fifth carbon budget (2028-32) will be set. The first four carbon budgets, covering 2008-27, only include emissions from domestic shipping and aviation.
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