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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the total carbon emissions from his Department’s buildings in each year since 1997. (89594)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was created on 8 June 2001.

Annual carbon emissions from those buildings on the DEFRA and Executive Agency estate for which we have contractual responsibility for energy use are shown as follows:

Tonnes carbon

2001-02

12,063.0

2002-03

12,032.7

2003-04

11,887.9

2004-05

11,732.3

2005-06

12,547.6

These figures should be viewed in the context of changes in the structure of the estate and a 27 per cent. increase in staff employed in DEFRA and its Executive Agencies over the period 2001-02—2005-06.

The rise in 2005-06 is largely due changes in the structure of our HQ office estate. Several large new laboratory buildings were added during the year, and extended office opening hours at one of DEFRA’s Executive Agencies also affected energy use and carbon emissions.