Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the level of carbon emissions from power stations in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The provisional 2009 GHG national statistics released on 25 March 2010 show that emissions of CO2 from power stations were 150.5MtCO2.

For those power station emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) operators must submit verified emissions data to the regulators for 2009 by 31 March 2010. In 2008 the UK power sector in the EU ETS emitted 172.4MtCO2. The 2009 data submitted by operators will be available on the European Commission website from early April 2010 and a summary report of checked UK data will be published later in the year.

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