Peat: Carbon Emissions

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 8th November 2017.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat, Westmorland and Lonsdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Government is making on implementing the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change report Meeting Carbon Budgets - 2016 Progress Report to Parliament, published in June 2016, on including peatland within the UK's carbon inventory by 2018.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have identified a number of improvements to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. They particularly encouraged the inclusion of new guidelines on wetlands (which cover peatlands) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change1 to fully assess their impacts. Further research is required before these guidelines can be fully applied in our national GHG inventory. This is currently underway and will feed into the inventory over the next few years.

[1] IPCC 2014, 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/wetlands/

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