Departmental Carbon Emissions

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide were offset (a) in total and (b) via the Government carbon offsetting funding for air flights in 2006-07 by his Department.

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

The Government carbon offsetting fund's (GCOF) aim is to offset up to 305,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide predominantly from air travel, by the end of April 2009. This will be predominantly from Central Government Departments. A full list of current participants is available on the DEFRA website.

For financial year 2006-07, DEFRA will procure credits through the GCOF to offset 2,864 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) for its flights.

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