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Carbon Emissions

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition her Department uses of (a) zero-carbon and (b) carbon neutral. (198671)

Zero carbon homes mean that over a year, the net carbon emissions from all energy use in the home are zero. This would include energy use from cooking, washing and electronic appliances as well as space heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and hot water. This was set out in the policy statement ‘Building A Greener Future’ published in July 2007 which confirmed the Government’s commitment to zero carbon homes from 2016.

The term “carbon neutral” can be used to describe organisations, events, goods or services which act to prevent as much carbon emissions as they produce.