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Carbon Emissions

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the amount of emissions of (a) ammonias, (b) nitrogen oxides, (c) particulates and (d) sulphur dioxide in the UK was in each year since 1990. (234495)

I have been asked to reply.

Estimates of annual emissions of (a) ammonias, (b) nitrogen oxides, (c) particulates and (d) sulphur dioxide in the UK source, for each year 1990-2006 are shown in the table.

These results, published as National Statistics by DEFRA on 13 March 2008, are the latest statistics on air emissions for the UK. The 1990-2006 figures in this Statistics Release are from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory for 1970-2006, produced for DEFRA and the Devolved Administrations by AEA Energy and Environment. This inventory covers all air pollutants excluding greenhouse gases.

UK national emission estimates are updated annually and any developments in methodology are applied retrospectively to earlier years. The next scheduled update is expected in March 2009.

The full statistical release ‘UK Emissions of Air Pollutants, 2006 results’ is currently published on the DEFRA website:

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

Please also refer to the Air Quality e-digest statistics page which is currently published on the DEFRA website. This describes the process of measuring emissions and the emissions inventory in detail.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/airqual/aqinventories.htm

Estimated emissions of ammonia (NH3), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Particulates PM10 and Sulphur Dioxides (SO2): 1990-2006

Pollutant

(a) Ammonias (NH3)

(b) Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

(c) Particulates PM10

(d) Sulphur dioxides (S02)

1990

382.6

2,967.7

304.5

3,717.4

1991

385.4

2,838.4

301.2

3,530.5

1992

371.5

2,757.1

290.4

3,442.2

1993

367.1

2,582.4

278.2

3,096.2

1994

371.0

2,491.3

264.6

2,663.9

1995

361.8

2,389.9

238.2

2,351.8

1996

366.0

2,314.9

233.0

2,003.5

1997

371.0

2,162.8

224.0

1,661.4

1998

365.4

2,088.5

209.3

1,632.8

1999

365.5

1,975.7

197.1

1,208.8

2000

335.4

1,899.4

184.0

1,198.5

2001

331.5

1,828.2

177.2

1,095.2

2002

326.4

1,714.8

154.7

978.2

2003

316.0

1,721.0

154.3

967.2

2004

322.0

1,659.4

153.5

812.5

2005

314.7

1,619.8

149.8

688.0

2006

314.7

1,594.8

151.6

675.6

Source:

AEA Energy and Environment