Our meaningless emission reduction targets

I have been trying to understand the basis of measuring the United Kingdom’s carbon dioxide emissions. The country’s much publicised and apparently legally binding emission reduction targets depend upon these being accurately measured. If they are not accurately and consistently measured then they are not real targets at all, just froth and bluster. What, then, is the truth? Continue reading

Shipping and aviation emissions and why the climate change bill will not work

The Climate Change Bill will count count emissions from aviation and shipping; what does this mean in reality? Emissions from aviation count for around 5.5% of the United Kingdom’s overall carbon emissions. Emissions from shipping are around 4.5% of the total. Both figures are inevitable estimates because you have to allocate emissions fairly between the departure port and the destination, which may be in different countries. Continue reading