HC Deb 02 November 1987 vol 121 cc582-3W
Mr. Allan Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the estimate of future British sulphur emissions for the years 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 through to 1995; and how this compares with all other Western European countries.

Mr. Moynihan

The level of future sulphur emissions will depend on factors such as future economic growth and energy demand, and estimates are therefore subject to considerable uncertainty. Official United Kingdom estimates, expressed, as a range, are available only for the years 1990 and 2000, as follows:

(000 tonnes SO2)
1990 3,400–4,200
2000 2,600–3,500

In 1986 the executive body of the convention on long-range transboundary air pollution completed a major review of national strategies and policies for air pollution abatement, in the course of which estimates of future SO2 emissions were provided by most European countries. I am arranging to place a copy of the report1 in the Library.

1 "National Strategies and Policies for Air Pollution Abatement" (annex, Table 1). Convention on long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, United Nations, New York, 1987.