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Transport: Exhaust Emissions

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 38W, on transport exhaust emissions, what mechanism is in place to achieve the European Commission’s 16 per cent. greenhouse gas reduction target over 2005 levels for the UK’s non-traded sector, with specific reference to the reduction to be made in the road transport sector. (211573)

[holding answer 16 June 2008]: The EU’s proposed 16 per cent. burden-sharing target for the UK’s non-traded sector is still subject to negotiation and applies to the entire non-traded sector. As such it will not be broken down into specific sectoral shares, for example between the transport and domestic heating sectors. The Government’s framework for managing carbon budgets, including road transport emissions, will be established under the Climate Change Bill currently before Parliament.

Further details are available from the Bill website:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/legislation/index.htm

In summary this framework will involve a requirement to meet emissions reduction targets in 2020 and 2050, and to set legally binding five-year carbon budgets starting from 2008. It will also involve annual progress reporting to Parliament and advice to Government and scrutiny from the independent Committee on Climate Change. In setting these budgets the Government will take account of their international and domestic obligations such as the EU’s Climate and Energy package (including the 16 per cent. burden sharing target) and the Kyoto target.