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Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Volume 588: debated on Monday 30 March 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What evidence they have that rises in fuel duty have reduced the growth in carbon dioxide emissions; and whether they will place in the Library of the House any studies or reports that will confirm this. [HL1156]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(Baroness Hayman)

In the March 1998 Financial Statement and Budget Report, which is placed in the Library of the House, it was estimated that the total impact of road fuel duty increases from implementation in 1993 to 2002 will reduce CO, emissions by around 10MtC and road use by 29 billion kilometres by 2010. It is estimated that the recent increase in road fuel duty (4.9 pence per litre on petrol and 4.4 pence per litre on diesel) alone will result in an annual saving in CO2, of 1.7MtC by 2010.