In January 2009 the previous administration announced its intention to introduce a target to reduce CO₂ emissions from UK aviation to below 2005 levels (37.5 MtCO₂) by 2050. It asked the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to advise the government on how this target could be delivered. The CCC published its report on options for reducing UK aviation emissions to 2050 in December 2009 and last year the government made a business plan commitment to respond.
The government’s response to the CCC’s report provides additional evidence that will inform the debate on how the UK reduces carbon emissions from aviation in the most cost-effective way. To support the response the department has updated its aviation passenger and CO₂ emissions forecasts and has undertaken an assessment of the relative cost-effectiveness and abatement potential of different measures for reducing UK aviation CO₂ emissions out to 2050.
In March 2011 the government published Developing a sustainable framework for UK Aviation: Scoping document, starting a dialogue with stakeholders about delivering a long term aviation policy that will enable the UK to enjoy the benefits of aviation without paying an unacceptable environmental price.
The government’s response to the CCC and accompanying documents provide important additional evidence for stakeholders to consider when formulating their responses to the scoping document. Due to the delay to publication of this material, we will accept responses to the scoping document until close of play on Thursday 20 October 2011, although earlier responses would be welcomed.
Confidentiality and data protection for responses to the Scoping Document
Information provided in response to this scoping document, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).
If you want information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence.
In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the department.
The department will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.