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Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Transport

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of UK (a) carbon dioxide and (b) other greenhouse gas emissions arising from (i) road travel, (ii) rail travel, (iii) domestic energy use, (iv) agriculture, (v) shipping and (vi) hovercraft in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change)

The 2007 estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions were published on 3 February 2009. These statistics represent the most up-to-date information available, and can be accessed from the following link at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/globatmos/index.htm

The proportion of UK greenhouse gas emissions from (i) road transport, (ii) railways, (iii) residential use, (iv) agriculture and (v) domestic shipping in each year since 1997 are shown in the following table. Please note that statistics for emissions from hovercrafts are included within the domestic shipping sector.

These percentages are based on emissions calculated on an 'End User' basis i.e. the emissions are reallocated from the production and distribution of energy to the users of that energy.

Percentage contribution of specified sectors towards total emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, 1997 to 2007 by end-user
Gas/sector 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
(a) Carbon dioxide
(i) Road transport 24.6 24.4 24.9 24.4 24.0 25.4 24.7 24.6 24.9 24.6 25.2
(ii) Railways 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8
(iii) Agriculture 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.2
(iv) Residential 25.6 26.6 26.2 26.7 27.3 27.2 27.3 27.5 26.9 26.9 26.2
(v) Domestic shipping 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.8 0.7 0.9 1.1 1.0
(b) All greenhouse gases
(i) Road transport 19.6 19.6 20.6 20.4 20.4 21.5 21.2 21.2 21.5 21.3 21.8
(ii) Railways 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7
(iii) Agriculture 8.8 8.7 9.0 8.6 8.2 8.5 8.3 8.3 8.2 8.1 7.9
(iv) Residential 21.2 22.2 22.5 23.1 24.0 23.9 24.1 24.4 24.0 24.0 23.4
(v) Domestic shipping 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.7 1.0 0.9
(c) Other greenhouse gases (non-CO 2 )
(i) Road transport 2.2 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.4
(ii) Railways 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
(iii) Agriculture 34.2 35.1 40.6 40.9 41.2 43.2 45.2 46.3 46.8 46.9 46.8
(iv) Residential 5.9 6.4 6.9 6.9 7.5 7.6 7.2 7.4 7.6 7.6 7.3
(v) Domestic shipping 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

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