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National Audit Office: Aviation

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent were offset by the National Audit Office in 2006-07 for air flights. (198201)

The National Audit Office has a green travel plan which encourages staff to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by considering their travel options and choosing environmentally friendly modes of transport when travelling to clients and to and from work. The Office also uses teleconferencing facilities which further reduce the need for travel.

The office does not currently purchase carbon offsets for its air or other travel and therefore offset no carbon dioxide in 2006-07.

The Office has recently awarded new contracts for the provision of travel services. These arrangements will provide improved data on the level of carbon emissions incurred by the Office and enable exploration of options to reduce emissions.