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Carbon Emissions

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the carbon emissions of his Department; what commitment he has made to reducing such emissions; and if he will make a statement. (81049)

In the last Sustainable Development in Government Report, published in December 2005, DWP was reported as having produced 62.1 thousand tonnes of carbon for the year 2004-05.

The Department is committed to meeting the new Sustainable Operations targets announced by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 12 June. We continue to work closely with our Estates Partners, Land Securities Trillium, to identify and introduce more energy saving measures across the estate, and to maintain, and where possible increase, our use of renewable energy. Currently 60 per cent. of our electricity is sourced from renewable sources, although this is not factored into the figures reported above. We have also begun work with the Carbon Trust to increase awareness among staff, encouraging them to make best use of energy saving devices and features where they are available, and to adopt improved housekeeping practises.