UK government delays decision on bunker fuels

The British government has ignored widespread calls to extend its existing carbon budgets to international aviation and shipping

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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