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Departments: Carbon Emissions

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what methodology is used by her Department to account for its carbon emissions. (140790)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office accounts for its carbon emissions from energy by applying the relevant carbon emission factor recommended by the Building Research Establishment to the total consumption for each type of energy used. The resulting value is weather corrected to reflect average ambient temperatures for the year.

For travel, the factor published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is applied to total miles travelled, where available, for each method of travel.