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Domestic Wastes: Carbon Emissions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1248W, on carbon dioxide emissions, what role household waste plays in any definition of zero carbon. (202472)

Household waste has no role to play specifically in the definition of zero carbon, which is focused on the energy performance of the home in relation to energy use from cooking, washing and electronic appliances as well as space heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and hot water. However, the Code for Sustainable Homes contains a minimum entry requirement on household waste which must be met in order to gain a star rating against the code at any level. This ensures that when developers are building to higher environmental standards, and ultimately zero carbon standards at level 6 of the code, waste is taken into account in the design, construction and occupation of the house.