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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (280919)

The following table provides a breakdown for carbon dioxide emissions from key offices in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. Full-time equivalent figures for these offices are not available.

Carbon dioxide emissions from key offices

Tonnes

2006-07

38,889

2007-08

40,353

Central Government Departments and their Executive agencies are required to report performance data on their carbon emissions for their office estate annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process.

The latest assessment of Government’s performance against these targets was published by the Sustainable Development Commission on 12 December 2008

http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/sdig2008/

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (281044)

The data on operational road travel, as published in the Sustainable Development in Government reports 2006-07 and 2007-08, are as follows:

Tonnes of CO2

Operational road travel emissions

Emissions per FTE

2006-07

9,632

0.13

2007-08

6,360

0.34

Due to the machinery of government changes, resulting in the transfer of staff from the Home Office to Ministry of Justice, it is difficult to make meaningful comparisons between these years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (281045)

The data on air travel are as follows:

Tonnes of CO2

Air travel emissions

Emissions per FTE

2006-07

1,800

0.025

2007-08

2,206

0.118

These data cover some business areas that are now part of Ministry of Justice. The Home Office off-sets carbon dioxide emissions from official air travel through the Government Carbon off-setting scheme.