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Railways: Freight

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will estimate the amount of carbon emissions from (a) rail and (b) road haulage in each year since 1990 (i) per mile and (ii) in total; (178132)

(2) if she will estimate the amount of carbon emissions from rail haulage in each year since 1990.

The following tables are based on data from the national atmospheric emissions inventory and Great Britain and Northern Ireland traffic censuses. It summarises carbon dioxide emissions of diesel rail haulage and heavy goods vehicles for the years requested. The tables exclude carbon dioxide emission figures for electric rail haulage and per kilometre for diesel rail haulage which are not available in the form requested.

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Diesel rail freight

CO2 emissions (kilotonnes)

636

610

616

547

517

529

600

673

HGVs

CO2 emissions (kilotonnes)

22038

20943

21015

21582

23291

23971

25360

26032

HGVs

Kt of C02 /billion km

847

817

842

849

898

899

922

924

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Diesel rail freight

CO2 emissions (kilotonnes)

689

724

720

772

744

752

824

824

HGVs

CO2 emissions (kilotonnes)

26245

26032

25764

25811

26732

27220

27909

28592

HGVs

Kt of C02 /billion km

898

878

862

870

883

887

889

920