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Railways: Electrification

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will assess the likely effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions of electrifying the entire rail network. (280730)

Rail currently emits about 1.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide directly from diesel consumption and is indirectly responsible for about 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide produced by the electricity generating sector. Electrifying the rail network would remove carbon emissions associated with diesel consumption, but increase emissions from power stations. The net effect would be a reduction in rail related emissions of about 0.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.