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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from offices in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. (280943)

The Ministry of Defence provides carbon dioxide emissions data for the whole estate and does not differentiate between offices and other buildings.

The total emissions and emissions per full-time equivalent member of staff are provided in the table.

Tonnes CO2

Financial year

Total CO2 emissions

Emissions per full-time equivalent member of staff

2006-07

1,834,645

6.11

2007-08

1,895,879

6.82

The increase in emissions in 2007-08 is explained by the inclusion of the Chief of Joint Operations estate which was not previously taken into account.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from road-based transport used for administrative operations by his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. (281035)

The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all business administrative road travel conducted by MOD employees in cars owned or hired by the Department, as reported in the Sustainable Development in Government reports for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08 are provided in the following table.

Total emissions

Per FTE

2006-07

44,363

0.15

2007-08

43,700

0.157

This does not include emissions from MOD officials using their own car for business purposes. This will be included for the areas of the Department where it is available in the 2009 Sustainable Development in Government report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from air travel by staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. (281036)

The Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions from all business administrative air travel conducted by MOD employees for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08, as reported in the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) Reports is provided in the following table.

Total emissions (t CO2)

Per FTE (t CO2)

2006-07

9,137

0.030

2007-08

38,700

0.139

The increase in figures between years is due to improvements in data coverage.