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Official Travel: Carbon Emission Offsets

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 10 July (WA 95), whether they will provide details of how each flight undertaken by the Prime Minister since April 2005 has been offset for carbon emissions. [HL6923]

We have agreed to purchase 10,000 certified emission reductions from the Kuyasa low-income housing energy upgrade project in Cape Town, South Africa, to offset the emissions attributable to the UK's presidency of the G8, including all the Prime Minister's flights. The Kuyasa project will retrofit 2,309 low-cost houses in the Khayelitsha township with insulated ceilings, solar water heaters and low-energy lightbulbs. The remaining contributions for the Prime Minister's flights in 2005 have been included in the Cabinet Office’s offsetting under the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund. The process for establishing the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund is under way, and it will be launched formally later this year. Once this has happened, we will identify other projects.