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Carbon Emissions: EU Countries

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the projected reduction in carbon dioxide emissions relative to 1990 levels that will be achieved by 2010 by (a) the UK and (b) the EU, excluding the impact of the EU emissions trading scheme. (242492)

Estimates of the projected annual emissions of carbon dioxide to 2010 are shown in the following tables for (a) the UK and (b) the EU. The reductions shown are relative to 1990 levels and for the UK exclude the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. However, there are no figures available for the EU without inclusion of the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, therefore those presented include this.

(a) UK Carbon dioxide emission projections 1990-2010

Million tonnes CO2

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

UK CO2 emissions, central assumption without ETS

592.4

599.1

582.0

567.1

559.3

549.8

571.0

548.1

549.9

540.3

548.6

Percentage CO2 emissions reduction w/out EU ETS relative to base year of 1990

n/a

1.1

-1.8

-4.3

-5.6

-7.2

-3.6

-7.5

-7.2

-8.8

-7.4

Million tonnes CO2

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

UK CO2 emissions, central assumption without ETS

559.4

542.7

554.7

555.1

555.2

554.5

543.7

541.3

534.2

528.2

Percentage CO2 emissions reduction w/out EU ETS relative to base year of 1990

-5.6

-8.4

-6.4

-6.3

-6.3

-6.4

-8.2

-8.6

-9.8

-10.8

Source:

UEP 2008, DECC

(b) Energy related CO2 emissions by the EU in the reference scenario

GIGA tonnes CO2

Region

1990

2000

2006

2020

EU emissions with ETS according to IEA Reference Scenario

4.04

3.80

3.94

3.95

Percentage CO2 emissions reduction with EU ETS (relative to base year of 1990

n/a

-5.9

-2.5

-2.2

Source:

IEA ‘World Energy Outlook’, 2008