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Official Travel: Carbon Emission Offsets

Volume 684: debated on Monday 10 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions the Prime Minister and officials from No. 10 Downing Street have used the scheme that enables government departments to offset the carbon impacts of their air travel; and what was (a) the purpose; (b) the destination; and (c) the cost on each occasion.[HL6498]

The Prime Minister’s Office is part of the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office is fully committed to the carbon offsetting of government air travel initiative and is participating in the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF). The GCOF aims to fulfil the Prime Minister's commitment to carbon offset all official air travel in central government and will be available for all central government departments to offset emissions from official air travel in a simple and cost-effective manner, as well as ensuring high environmental integrity.

Flights by the Prime Minister have been offset since 1 April 2005.