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Agriculture: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason emissions from agricultural farming in the greenhouse gas national inventory report do not include emissions from (a) feed produced overseas, (b) transportation, (c) cooking, (d) food waste, (e) refrigeration, (f) air conditioning, (g) waste disposal and (h) soils treated with nitrogen fertilisers.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The UK is an Annex I party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC adopted the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (https://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/2006gl/) for Annex I countries in Decision 24/CP.19. The UK is thus required to make use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines in the compilation of the UK’s greenhouse gas inventory. These guidelines define four sectors: Energy, Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU), Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) and Waste. The guidelines also define national greenhouse gas inventories as including only emissions which take place within each country’s territorial boundary. This applies to your question as follows:

a) emissions from feed produced overseas are out of scope of national greenhouse gas inventories b) emissions from transportation are included in the Energy sector c) emissions from cooking are included in the Energy sector d) emissions from food waste are included in the Waste sector e) emissions from refrigeration are included in the Energy and IPPU sectors f) emissions from air conditioning are included in the Energy and IPPU sectors g) emissions from waste disposal are included in the Waste sector h) emissions from soils treated with nitrogen fertilisers are included in the AFOLU sector

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