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Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emitted by NHS organisations in each year since 1997; (79037)

(2) what estimate she has made of the total cost to the NHS of purchasing energy in each year since 1997.

Record investment in new facilities and capacity to reduce waiting times is reflected in the size of the national health service estate increasing by 14 per cent. in the past five years. Carbon and CO2 emissions, relative to the size of the estate, have fallen by an average of 0.5 per cent. per year over the same period, demonstrating greater energy efficiency and the use of cleaner fuels. Future shifts towards more local energy efficient healthcare facilities, in line with the recent White Paper “Our health, our care, our say”, will ensure that this trend is continued.

Energy costs are principally influenced by changes in utility supplier prices and the quantum of energy consumption. Carbon emissions are mainly influenced by the amount and type of energy used. The information requested is shown in the table.

Energy cost (£ million)

Carbon dioxide emissions (million tonnes)

1997-98

198.58

3.04

1998-99

178.46

3.06

1999-2000

184.46

3.05

2000-01

199.97

3.18

2001-02

246.27

3.45

2002-03

247.84

3.46

2003-04

263.67

3.47

2004-05

312.31

3.40