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Departments: Air Pollution

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate has been made of the carbon footprint of his Department. (124520)

The 2005-06 estimated carbon footprint for the Department is 50,116,258 kg/CO2. This figure includes all building emissions and travel for the Department, other than the amounts for air and rail travel for the seven DfT agencies, which are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

There is a cross-Government target for the central Government office estate to be carbon neutral by 2012, which will require Departments to offset emissions every year from 2012 in order to achieve a balance of zero net carbon emissions.

All central Government official and ministerial air travel has been captured under offsetting schemes since April 2006, and to provide the figures for what the levels of emissions were last year from departmental air travel, and the anticipated cost of offsetting those emissions through the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF).