Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th December 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Environment Agency on suspending applications of associated emission levels (BAT-AELs) until standard emissions factors have been updated; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra officials have liaised closely with the Environment Agency (EA) over the EA’s application of Best Available Technique Associated Emission Levels for the setting of permit conditions under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.

The EA uses standard emission factors. This approach has been agreed with industry as a pragmatic way forward, balancing the risks to the environment against the potentially significant costs to individual permit holders of otherwise having to monitor emissions to demonstrate their specific activity’s environmental impact.

The EA is working with trade associations to gather evidence which will support a review of some of the emission factors to ensure that they reflect current working practices.

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