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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department met its target to reverse the upward trend in its carbon emissions by April 2007. (178985)

The Department for International Development is strongly committed to reversing the upward trend in carbon emissions. As a Department, we have undergone significant growth in recent years, and this has resulted in increases in our carbon emissions from DFID operations. We did, however, achieve a small overall reduction in kWh usage for 2006-07, relative to 2005-06 before weather correction. Allowing for weather correction, the increase was 1 per cent. over the previous year, the smallest increase since the baseline year of 1999-2000. We are investigating further investment to reduce our carbon emissions further.