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Transport: Carbon Emissions

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector were in each year since 2000, broken down by mode of transport; and what measures he has in place to reduce those emissions. (306974)

The transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by mode and year up to 2007 are available in our transport statistics publication (Transport Statistics Great Britain 2009—table 3.7):

Million tonnes of carbon dioxide

(a) By IPCC source category (NAEI)1

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Transport:

Road transport

116.1

116.1

118.5

118.3

119.5

120

120.4

121.6

Passenger cars

77.6

77.3

78.8

77.4

78.1

77.5

77

76.8

Light duty vehicles

11.1

10.9

11.5

11.6

12.3

13.8

14

14.5

Buses

2.4

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.7

2.8

3

HGVs

24.2

24.7

24.8

25.7

25.4

24.8

25.4

26.3

Mopeds and motorcycles

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.5

0.6

LPG emissions (all vehicles)

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

Other (road vehicle engines)

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Other transport

7.3

6.9

6.5

8.2

8.4

9.1

10.4

9.7

Civil aviation

1.9

2

2

2

2.2

2.4

2.3

2.1

Railways2

1.8

1.9

1.9

2

2.1

2.1

2.2

2.2

National navigation

3.1

2.6

2.2

3.7

3.7

4.2

5.5

4.9

Other (aircraft support vehicles)

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.5

Total domestic transport

123.4

123

125

126.4

127.8

129.1

130.8

131.4

1 Source categories relate directly to the vehicle or other piece of equipment producing the emission.

2 Railway emissions are those from diesel trains only.

Note:

Data are presented as the weight of carbon dioxide emitted. UK national emission estimates are updated annually and any developments in methodology are applied retrospectively to earlier years.

Source:

AEA Energy and Environment/DECC

The measures set out in “Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future”, (July 2009) the Department’s carbon reduction strategy, mean that transport will make a major contribution to meeting the Government’s carbon reduction commitments.

There are three central themes to the carbon reduction strategy: supporting a shift to new technologies and fuels; promoting lower carbon choices and using market mechanisms to encourage a shift to lower carbon transport.

In the strategy we made a commitment to publish an implementation plan in spring 2010. The plan will set out the details of our delivery milestones and the mechanisms through which we will monitor progress.