HC Deb 13 March 1992 vol 205 c675W
Mrs. Ann Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give an estimate of annual United Kingdom emissions of nitrous oxide broken down by source; and of the relative global warming effect of nitrous oxide in comparison with other United Kingdom emissions of gases with global warming potential.

Mr. Trippier

Provisional estimates made by Warren Spring Laboratory for my Department are as follows:

United Kingdom emissions of nitrous oxide—provisional estimates for 1990 (thousands of tonnes per year)
Source Emission Per cent.
Production of adipic acid for nylon manufacture 90 57
Emissions from soil 65 41
Road transport 3 2
Other fuel combustion 2 1
Total 160 100

These estimates are very uncertain, but they suggest a direct global warming effect equivalent to about 7 per cent. of that from current United Kingdom emissions of carbon dioxide.