Cabinet Office: Aviation

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 17 October 2023.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the figure of 275 tonnes for CO2e emissions from domestic flights in 2021-22 on page 68 of his Department's Annual Report for 2021-22 and to the figure of 230 tonnes for CO2e emissions from domestic flights on page 43 of his Department's Annual Report for 2022-23, what the evidential basis is for the statement on that page of the Annual Report for 2022-23 that CO2e emissions from domestic flights in 2022-23 had increased from 2021-22.

Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The two sections in the respective annual reports referenced use different methodology and are not comparative.

The chart on page 41 of the 2022-23 annual report provides comparative Scope 3 emission data for all official domestic business travel from 2017-18 (baseline) to 2022-23 (showing a reduction of 72% compared to baseline).

Page 43 of the 2022-23 annual report provides commentary on the broader trends between the two years.

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