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Aviation: Carbon Emissions

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint of an air passenger when travelling from London to New York in (a) first, (b) business and (c) economy class. (296605)

No estimates of the carbon footprint of an air passenger when travelling from London to New York in (a) first, (b) business and (c) economy class have been made.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in partnership with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, published guidance for businesses and organisations on how to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in September 2009.

Indicative emission factors, by seating class, were developed on the basis of the average area occupied compared to an economy class passenger. The factors are available at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/reporting/conversion-factors.htm