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Energy Efficiency

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department is on course to meet the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets to (a) source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008 and (b) increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010; (181296)

(2) whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme;

(3) whether his Department met the target in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007;

(4) whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system for (a) its whole estate and (b) some of its buildings.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to reduce his Department’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. (181821)

The Treasury sources 100 per cent. of its electricity from renewable sources. The department recycled 49.8 per cent. of the waste it produced as at December 2007. As part of its strategy to reduce carbon emissions, the department has adopted the Carbon Trust Management Programme. The Treasury has reduced carbon emissions progressively since 1999-2000, achieving a total reduction of 19 per cent. and has achieved certification for its environmental management system which covers the Treasury’s main building, 1 Horse Guards Road. Work is under way to extend this coverage to offices the Treasury occupies in Norwich. The Treasury is currently reviewing with the Carbon Trust the progress we have made in reducing carbon emissions and are looking to identify ways in which further reductions can be made in 2008-09 and beyond.