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Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether carbon offsets will be included in calculations to determine whether an eco-town (a) is carbon neutral and (b) has zero-carbon status. (198712)

As we set out in the consultation document ‘Eco-towns—Living a greener future’, published on 3 April, eco-towns should use innovative design and a range of low and zero carbon energy sources to reduce the demands on energy in the home and other buildings.

At the scale of 5-20,000 homes, eco-towns have the critical mass necessary to trial and develop new or existing technologies to achieve zero carbon across the whole development. Zero carbon means that over a year, the net carbon emissions from all energy use within the buildings on the development are zero.