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Energy: Carbon Emissions

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department has allocated for green energy technologies in each of the next five years; to which programmes; and for what purpose in each year. (181852)

[holding answer 24 January 2008]: The following funding programmes announced by my Department are expected to continue spending over part or all of the next five years:

Bioenergy Capital Grants Scheme

Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, and Carbon Abatement Technologies Demonstration Programme

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2

Offshore Wind Capital Grants Scheme

Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study

Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

The Department has also announced its intention to fund a Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration project.

Expenditure is demand-led and the Department does not make specific allocations for each year. These programmes have different expected lifespans: some will complete spending within five years and some will continue beyond that period. My Department’s budget for low-carbon energy technologies over the comprehensive spending review period (the three years from April 2008-March 2011) is £200 million, through the new Environmental Transformation Fund. Spend under the programmes listed will be met from this budget, as will the estimated £9 million cost for the Severn Tidal Power feasibility study whose terms of reference I announced on 22 January. My Department’s budget beyond March 2011 depends on the next central Government spending review.