Friday, 1 February 2008

UK Emissions Down (?)

According to Defra (The UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), total greenhouse gas emissions were down 0.5% in 2006, although carbon dioxide (CO2), which makes up about 85 per cent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions, stayed virtually the same (a 0.1% fall).

Whilst the UK is still on track to achieve the Kyoto agreement targets, the figures are not good enough to achieve the UK government’s own emission reduction goals written into the Climate Change legislation currently going through parliament.

But in any case, all these targets exclude the emissions from international air travel and shipping, which still seem to be growing. Doesn’t make much sense does it?

I can also see the possibility of a loophole here. In a previous post I mentioned a US start-up company that plans to launch a fleet of ship-based data centres based in ports around the world. Suppose these ships actually put to sea – does that mean that they disappear from the carbon radar?

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