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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the carbon dioxide emissions from his Department in (a) June 2010 and (b) June 2011.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education’s carbon emission were as follows:

(a) In June 2010, the Department emitted 694 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

(b) In June 2011, the Department emitted 576 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

These data comprise energy use from the Department’s four headquarter buildings and business travel data. Travel data for June 2011 have been estimated based on 2010 emission levels.

The Department has exceeded the Prime Minister’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 10%, achieving a reduction of 21.5%, and is now focused on Government’s further agenda to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2015.

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