To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the
(1) (a) past and (b) future impact on carbon dioxide emissions of the enhanced capital allowances for investments in energy saving technologies introduced in April 2001;
(2) impact on carbon dioxide emissions of the enhanced capital allowances for investments in (a) heat pumps, (b) radiant and warm air heaters, (c) solar heaters, (d) energy efficient refrigerator equipment, (e) compressor equipment and (f) energy-saving technology investments in assets for leasing.
I have been asked to reply.
The energy-saving technologies introduced in 2001 are forecast to save at least 0.5 million tonnes of carbon a year by 2010. The technologies to be added in 2002 are expected to save a further one million tonnes of carbon to 2010, with the greatest contributions from radiant and warm air heaters, and refrigeration compressors. Savings will depend on the uptake and evolution of the scheme.