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Railways: Carbon Emissions

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operations of each rail franchise in the most recent period for which figures are available. (283256)

The Department for Transport does not hold data in the form requested. The rail industry reports its traction related carbon emissions annually to the Office of Rail Regulation.

In 2007-08, the most recent year for which figures are available, the rail industry reported combined freight and passenger traction carbon emissions of 3.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Of this 2.7 million tonnes relates to passenger operations. This information is found in Rolling National Rail Trends 2008-09 on the Office of Rail Regulation website at:

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.2026