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Onshore Windfarms

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the levels of carbon emissions relating to onshore windfarms. (86888)

I have been asked to reply.

Once a windfarm has been commissioned it produces no carbon emission.

Of the carbon used in the development of a windfarm, the Sustainable Development Commission’s report published November 2005 makes clear that “the energy pay back for a windfarm is 3-10 months.”

A copy of the full report can be downloaded from their website. http://www.sd-commission.org.uk