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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has adopted the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme or plans to do so in the next 12 months. (198046)

My Department has committed to working with the Carbon Trust to address its carbon emissions.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the Government estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007. (198047)

My Department did not meet the sustainable operations target on the Government office estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007. The target related to the Department’s offices which increased substantially in number through the inclusion in the figures of the national probation service estate. After allowing for this, an increase in emissions of 12 per cent. occurred. There are a range of other factors that need to be taken into account, including density of occupation, IT provision and use of air-conditioning across the estate.