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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting have been made in each such year. (204109)

As a central Government Department, the Ministry of Justice supports DEFRA’s Global Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF). As the Ministry was created in May 2007 and the 2007-08 data have not yet been verified and offset, we are unable to provide data for the Ministry of Justice. For 2005-06, the Home Office will report on their old structure and the Ministry of Justice will report on the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs joined the GCOF in 2006 and offset £606.72 for the 2006-07 reporting year. The payment was made to the GCOF approved portfolio of Certified Emission Reductions from Trading Emissions plc. More information can be found at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/carbonoffset/government.htm