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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the total carbon emissions from the estate of his Department and its predecessor in each year since 2005. (185461)

The total CO2 emissions from the Ministry of Justice and its predecessors are approximately 69,617 tonnes between the years 2005-07. This data has previously been reported to be included in the Sustainable Development in Government report published in 2005-06, and the 2006-07 version due to be published early 2008. The breakdown includes:

tonnes of CO2

2005-06

Former Home Office bodies

28,237

Former DCA

5,943

2006-07

Former Home Office bodies

28,925

Former DCA

6,512

The increase of carbon emissions within former Home Office bodies has resulted from both an increase in prison population and in regime facilities, such as, in some cases the provision of showers for prisoners within cells opposed to providing showers within communal areas.

Within former DCA, the increase has resulted from the significant organisational changes that DCA underwent when the magistrate courts migrated from local authority rule on to the HMCS estate.