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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessors spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting were made in each such year. (204106)

Communities and Local Government spent £2,730 to offset 275 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from its ministerial and official air travel in 2006-07. These figures do not include data from the Department’s Executive agencies or the regional Government offices.

This was the first year that the Department offset any emissions. Data are being gathered to offset emissions from air travel undertaken during 2007-08.

The Department currently only offsets emissions from is air travel and does this through the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF).

The GCOF is being managed by EEA Fund Management Ltd., who won the contract to source and deliver 255,000 Certified Emission Reduction Credits, with a provision for a further 50,000 credits, over three years from a range of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. Credits will be supplied from the project portfolio of Trading Emissions plc, to whom EEA is the investment adviser.