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Carbon Emissions

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which international agreements to monitor and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from underground fires and forest fires the UK is party. (250368)

I have been asked to reply.

Anthropogenic emissions are covered under the current provisions of the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto protocol. Emissions from forest fires on managed land are estimated in accordance with intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) guidelines and the IPCC good practice guidelines. No agreed international methodologies exist for peat fires and underground coal seams and as a consequence, any emissions from these sources may not be reported by countries.