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Carbon Emissions: Government Departments

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 12 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) carbon dioxide and (b) greenhouse gasses were emitted by (i) by Government departments and agencies and (b) the UK (A) with allowance made for trading and (B) with no allowance made for trading in each of the last 15 years. (231793)

Greenhouse gas emissions from the Government estate are monitored by the Sustainable Development Commission. The estimates do not take account of emissions trading and are restricted to carbon dioxide emissions. The reports can be found at:

http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/pages/watchdog.html.

UK greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions are published as National Statistics. These can be found on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/globatmos/index.htm.

The impact of emissions trading in respect of progress towards the UK targets is explained in DEFRA’s January Statistical Release “UK Climate Change Sustainable Development Indicator: 2006 Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Final Figures”. A more detailed breakdown of these results can be found at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/globatos/download/ghg_ns_20080131.pdf.