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Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answers by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 March (Official Report, House of Lords, cols 329–32), what to date has been the fall in carbon dioxide emissions since 1990. [HL2660]

The table below shows the figures for carbon dioxide emissions since 1990.

Year

Net CO2 emissions (emissions minus removals)

Other greenhouse gases

Kyoto greenhouse gas basket

1990

592.9

182.7

773.0

1991

600.2

182.1

780.0

1992

583.0

174.0

755.3

1993

568.0

167.1

734.5

1994

561.9

162.5

723.9

1995

553.1

162.0

714.1

1996

575.3

160.3

734.7

1997

551.6

159.1

709.8

1998

553.6

152.2

705.4

1999

543.0

129.9

672.7

2000

551.1

123.8

674.7

2001

562.5

115.7

678.2

2002

544.9

111.3

656.4

2003

556.2

104.8

661.1

2004

555.9

102.0

658.6

2005

553.2

99.0

652.8

2006

551.1

96.4

647.9

2007

542.6

93.7

636.6

2008 (p)

531.8

91.6

623.8

Notes:

1. Figures shown for 2008 are provisional.

2. Figures for each individual gas include the land use, land-use change and forestry sector (LULUCF), but exclude emissions from UK Overseas Territories.

3. Kyoto basket total differs slightly from sum of individual pollutants above as the basket uses a narrower definition for the land use, land-use change and forestry sector (LULUCF), and includes emissions from UK Overseas Territories.

4. The entire time series is revised each year to take account of methodological improvements in the UK emissions inventory.

5. Emissions are presented as carbon dioxide equivalent in line with international reporting and carbon trading. To convert carbon dioxide into carbon equivalents, divide figures by 44/12.

6. Figures shown do not include any adjustment for the effect of the EU emissions trading scheme (EUETS), which was introduced in 2005.