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Carbon Emissions

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is funding into personal carbon allowances. (158501)

The Government are considering the potential value of personal carbon trading (PCT). This is one of a number of possible long-term options being explored to help individuals be better informed about, and involved in, tackling climate change.

Following an initial scoping study produced for DEFRA by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), the Government are now carrying out a pre-feasibility study to assess whether PCT is a practical and viable policy option. We are working closely with other organisations conducting research in this area, and have designed the work programme to complement that being undertaken by researchers and academics such as the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Royal Society for Arts (RSA).