Transport: Carbon Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th November 2021.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of carbon emitted per passenger traveling on a single journey from London to (a) Glasgow, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Manchester by (i) air, (ii) train and (iii) car.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The estimated average carbon dioxide equivalent (kgCO2e) emissions per passenger, including direct or tailpipe emissions, indirect emissions resulting from fuel refinery and transportation and indirect effects (for air travel) for London to Glasgow are as follows:

kg CO2e

Air (including travel to/from airports)


Train (including travel to and from mainline stations)


Car, average petrol


Car, average diesel


Car, average battery electric


Estimates for London to Edinburgh and London to Manchester not currently available via a comparable method.

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