Giving special treatment to the shipping and aviation industries is unfair
A European government minister is facing criticism from legislators and environmental groups for excluding shipping from legally binding climate change targets.
The United Kingdom's Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has proposed increasing the UK target for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 60% to 80% by 2050. But reports say Miliband has been reluctant to include shipping and aviation because there is "no system for sharing responsibility for international emissions."
Some 56 legislators from the UK's governing party are demanding that shipping and aviation be included in the proposals before they are voted on next week.
Friends of the Earth (FOE) said a climate change law which left out emissions from planes and ships was like "a drink-driving law that doesn't count whisky."
FOE executive director Andy Atkins added: "Giving special treatment to the shipping and aviation industries is unfair and doesn't make sense.