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Carbon Emissions

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures are available; when his Department started to offset those emissions; what the cost is expected to be of offsetting his Department’s emissions; and if he will make a statement. (116378)

The Department started to record carbon emissions in 2000-01.

In 2005-06 emissions of 4,280 tonnes were generated from energy consumption, 591,948 kilograms were emitted from vehicles, and it is estimated that 3,404 tonnes will be produced in 2006-07 from aviation travel. The emissions for energy and vehicles include the DTI agencies as well.

The DTI has been offsetting aviation emissions from April 2006 at an estimated cost of £68,000 per annum.