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Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 927W, on Government Departments: carbon emissions, what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions likely to arise from Government operations in each department in 2010. (320363)

The measure in tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions likely to arise from each Department from Government operations in 2010-11 is estimated to be:

tonnes carbon dioxide

Department

Carbon from offices 2010-11 estimate (1999-2000 baseline)

Carbon from vehicles for administrative purposes 2010-11 estimate (2005-06 baseline)

BIS

15,057

340

CLG

21,169

3,202

CO

8,005

24

DCSF

7,599

453

DCMS

3,982

35

DEFRA

13,474

20,089

DFID

2,304

15

DfT

20,384

9,230

DWP

182,074

17,071

DH

8,249

721

FCO

9,827

240

HMRC

122,224

17,572

HMT

5,700

117

HO

25,241

2,372

LOD

11,794

1,793

MOD

1,749,211

51,031

MOJ

151,247

7,798

ONS

6,311

2,809

The Government are committed to achieving a reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions from its estate of 12.5 per cent. and from administrative road travel by 15 per cent. both by 2010-11. Progress against these targets is reported annually in the Sustainable Development in Government report. Current projections indicate that Government are expected to exceed these targets: forecasting a 17.8 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from offices and 23.7 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from road vehicles by 2010-11.

Data supporting these figures have been supplied by Departments and are published annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government reporting process:

http://www.ogc.gov.uk/sustainability_programme _progress.asp