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Renewable Energy

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of carbon dioxide his Department estimates were displaced by renewable electricity generation in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales in 2012 for which figures are available.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The amount of carbon dioxide displaced by renewable electricity generation can be calculated as the amount of renewable electricity generation multiplied by the carbon dioxide emissions intensity for electricity supplied by all fossil fuels. While renewable generation figures are available for each country, the emissions intensity figure is only available at UK level, so this figure is used in the calculations for all countries. These figures are given for the UK, England, Scotland and Wales in 2012 in the following table.

  Renewable electricity generation in 2012 (GWh) Tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh of electricity supplied by all fossil fuels in 2012 (UK average) Tonnes of carbon dioxide displaced by renewable electricity generation
UK 41,258 700 28,880,620
England 22,974 700 16,081,500
Scotland 14,825 700 10,377,382
Wales 2,284 700 1,598,476

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