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Departmental Travel

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to ensure that all flights undertaken by Ministers and officials in her Department are carbon neutral; and if she will make a statement. (81407)

All central Government ministerial and official air travel is being offset from 1 April 2006. Departmental aviation emissions are calculated on an annual basis and subsequently offset through payments to a central fund. The fund purchases certified emissions reductions credits from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits, located in developing countries.

Carbon emissions from all of the Department’s official air travel are included in the Government’s carbon offsetting commitment. Carbon emissions from flights taken after 1 April 2006 will be recorded and offset.