To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) what steps she plans to take to promote voluntary uptake of carbon reporting for companies not required to report under the mandatory scheme from April 2013;
(2) what discussions she has had with the organisations which supported a voluntary approach in response to her Department's consultation on greenhouse gas reporting.
My noble Friend, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, and his predecessor, my noble Friend, Lord Henley, have met with a range of organisations to discuss greenhouse gas reporting, including the Freight Transport Association and the Manufacturers' Organisation for UK Manufacturing (EEF), which both supported a voluntary approach.
We will continue to work closely with the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Climate Standard Disclosure Board, and other non-governmental organisations to encourage voluntary measuring and reporting of greenhouse gases by non-quoted companies.