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Carbon Emissions: Buildings

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of national aggregate carbon dioxide emissions emitted were attributable to energy consumption within buildings in each of the last five years; and what proportion of that figure comprised emissions from private households. (202996)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is provided in the following table. It is not possible to separate energy consumption for the purposes of heating and lighting in the industrial sector from energy consumption for other purposes (e.g. machinery, incineration). Therefore, the numbers given apply only to the commercial, public and residential sectors.

More details on the sources of UK CO2 emissions can be found in The Annual Report to Parliament 2007.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Total UK carbon dioxide emissions (million tonnes)

543.8

555.9

557.0

557.3

556.5

Emissions from buildings in commercial sector (million tonnes)

52.0

55.1

54.5

54.5

56.2

Emissions from buildings in public sector (million tonnes)

20.7

20.8

21.6

21.5

21.5

Emissions from buildings in the residential sector (million tonnes)

146.3

149.5

150.7

147.3

146.7

Total Building Emissions

219

225.4

226.5

223.3

224.4

The total CO2 emissions from buildings accounted for about 40 per cent. of total UK CO2 emissions (26.4 per cent. from the residential sector) in 2006.

Emissions figures are provided on an ‘end user’ basis, while emissions from power stations are allocated to the buildings in which the electricity generated is consumed.