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Military Bases: Carbon Emissions

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department's military establishments (a) in the UK and (b) abroad in each year since 2005. (319768)

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD's) carbon emissions from its military establishments in the UK and abroad since 2005 are provided in the following table:

Tonnes CO2

UK estate

Overseas estate

Total carbon emissions

2005-06

1,668,527

211,673

1,880,200

2006-07

1,642,121

192,479

1,834,600

2007-08

1,519,725

376,175

1,895,900

2008-09

1,541,984

306,716

1,848,700

The increase in carbon emissions during 2007-08 and 2008-09 is because figures for the overseas estate from Gibraltar, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Northwood in the UK and the Army overseas estate are taken into account. In previous years these figures were not included.

The Department's headline energy figures are now published within the MOD's Defence Statistics, included for the first time in 2009. They are also published yearly in MOD's Sustainable Development Report and separately by the Sustainable Development Commission as part of their role as the Government's Sustainable Development watchdog.