Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th October 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they include carbon emissions from incineration, including energy from waste, as a separate category in their (1) calculations, and (2) international reporting, of total UK greenhouse gas emissions.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are three categories in the UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory that include greenhouse gas emissions from incineration, all of which are calculated and reported as separate categories:

  • The incineration of municipal solid waste (MSW) in “Power Stations”;
  • The incineration of MSW in “Miscellaneous industrial/commercial combustion”
  • Other “Waste Incineration” that is not used for energy.

In line with international guidance, carbon dioxide emissions from the incineration of the biogenic fraction of waste material are estimated, but do not contribute to total emissions reported.

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