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Carbon Offsetting Fund

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department will contribute to the Carbon Offsetting Fund; and where trees that this fund may purchase will be planted. (112824)

DFID expects to pay at least £130,000 into the fund.

The Government Carbon Offsetting Fund, which is managed by DEFRA, will purchase Certified Emission Reductions from Clean Development Mechanism projects. DEFRA have recently announced that EEA Fund Management Ltd. has won the contract to fulfil the Government's obligation to offset its own air travel. Over the next three years, EEA will source and deliver up to 255,000 Certified Emission Reduction credits—with a provision for a further 50,000 credits—from a portfolio of small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency Kyoto-registered projects in countries such as Brazil, Thailand and the Philippines.