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Carbon Emissions

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his latest estimate is of the amount of UK carbon dioxide emissions (a) including and (b) excluding the impact of emissions trading in 2008. (303398)

Provisional estimates of 2008 emissions were published on 26 March 2009. These figures estimate that:

UK emissions for carbon dioxide were 531.8 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtC02e)

including for the effect of the EU Emissions Trading System, UK carbon dioxide emissions in 2008 were estimated to be 511.4 MtC02e

The equivalent figures for all greenhouse gases are as follows:

excluding the EU Emissions Trading System = 623.8 MtC02e

including the EU Emissions Trading System - 603.4 MtC02e

The most recent final figures are for estimates of 2007 emissions. These were published on 3 February 2009. Estimates for only carbon dioxide emissions are:

excluding EU Emissions Trading System = 542.6 MtC02e

including EU Emissions Trading System = 516.9 MtC02e

It may be helpful to know emissions of all greenhouse gases. Again these are final 2007 figures:

excluding EU Emissions Trading System = 636.6 MtC02e

including EU Emissions Trading System = 611.0 MtC02e