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Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her Department's estimate is of carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; and what estimate she has made of the projected total carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) 2011. (200059)

According to the emissions inventory published annually by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from road transport in 2006 were 120.3 million tonnes. Data for 2007 have yet to be published.

The Department for Transport forecasts road transport CO2 emissions using the National Transport Model. This model produces forecast for 2010, 2015 and 2025, but not interim years. We, therefore, do not have a forecast of emissions for 2008, 2009 or 2011. Our 2010 forecast is for CO2 to be 2 per cent. lower than it was in 2003 and so in the region of 116 million tonnes.