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Sustainable Development Strategy

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on her Department’s sustainable development strategy. (94139)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport followed publication of a sustainable development strategy two years ago with an action plan published this year. We will report formally against the four main target areas (Policy, Estates Management, Communication and the Olympic Games) next spring. The Department is making good use of the opportunities afforded by the refurbishment of its main building to reduce carbon emissions. We are installing energy saving equipment and educating staff in good energy management practice. DCMS is also actively encouraging all its associated non-departmental public bodies, which include the national museums and galleries, the lottery distributors and the national sports bodies, to produce sustainable development action plans and to use their influence to raise public awareness and change patterns of behaviour.