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Carbon Emissions: Departmental Co-ordination

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate efforts across Government to reduce the Government's carbon footprint. (159758)

DEFRA provides the secretariat for the cross-departmental sustainable procurement and operations board which has been set up to drive delivery of the sustainable procurement and operations targets on the Government estate. These targets include action on carbon reduction and energy efficiency.

DEFRA funds the Carbon Trust to provide advice on carbon management and financial support, through Salix Finance, including advice to Departments. Both organisations are expected to benefit under the Environmental Transformation Fund.

DEFRA leads an ‘Act on CO2’ communications campaign across Government Departments to encourage individuals to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, both at work and at home.