Energy Bill — New Clause 10 — United Kingdom Carbon Account — Consideration of Emissions Traded via European Union Emissions Trading Scheme — 14 Mar 2016 at 19:30
The majority of MPs voted to take account of carbon dioxide emissions traded via the European Union to Emissions Trading Scheme when calculating the state of the UK carbon account for periods from 2028.
MPs were considering the Energy Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled:Emissions trading: United Kingdom carbon account and stated:
- In section 27 (net UK carbon account) of the Climate Change Act 2008, after subsection (3) insert—
- ‘(3A) In respect of any period commencing after 31 December 2027, the regulations must not make provision for carbon units to be credited to or debited from the net United Kingdom carbon account on the basis of the number of carbon units surrendered by operators of installations in the United Kingdom pursuant to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.’”
Speaking during the debate Alan Whitehead MP (Labour) the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change explained the intent of the new clause saying:
- This new clause seeks a slightly different route to the goal of more effective carbon accounting in the fifth carbon budget and beyond. It seeks to make the Government directly accountable for emissions in the sectors covered by the EU emission trading system when determining whether the UK is staying within its national carbon budgets. The EU ETS covers emissions in the electricity sector and heavy industry, and the carbon accounting regulations currently allow the Government to ignore emissions from those sectors when determining whether the carbon budgets have been met.
Section 11 of the Climate Change Act 2008 required a Secretary of State to set a limit on the net amount of carbon units that may be credited to the net UK carbon account for each budgetary period, Section 27 of that Act provides details of how the net amount of carbon units emitted is to be calculated.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Energy Bill
-  Alan Whitehead MP (Labour), House of Commons, 14 March 2016
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||275 (+2 tell)||0||0||83.9%|
|Lab||0||175 (+2 tell)||0||76.6%|