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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to reduce her Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. (181815)

The Department for Transport has engaged with the Carbon Trust to produce a carbon management energy efficiency report which gives recommendations across the Department on new schemes, estate enhancements and best practice that will bring about a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The report has recently been completed and the Department is currently developing an action plan which details the recommendations to be implemented, timescale for implementation and the estimated emissions savings. The plan is expected to be finalised by 31 March 2008.

Additionally, the Department for Transport has commissioned a Green Fleet Review from the Energy Saving Trust and will be acting upon its recommendations. The Department will also be using the Sustainable Procurement Task Force's “Flexible Framework” to benchmark its capability to deliver sustainable procurement and we will be utilising an ongoing programme of staff training, workshops and guidance to reinforce the message.