Atmospheric Emissions

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated volume of emissions of sulphur dioxide was in (a) large combustion plants and (b) total in each year since 1997.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information on the total emissions of sulphur dioxide is held in the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and is publicly accessible via the NAEI's website. The latest year for which verified data is available is 2005, although 2006 data will be available shortly.

Information on large combustion plant emissions has been derived from the pollution inventories managed by the relevant environment agencies.

A summary table of the annual emissions data, in kilo tonnes, for 1997-2005 for sulphur dioxide is shown as follows:

Large combustion plant Total
1997 1,108 1,641
1998 1,207 1,619
1999 881 1,227
2000 848 1,215
2001 739 1,119
2002 638 1,002
2003 704 991
2004 541 836
2005 438 706

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