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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to reduce his Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. (181814)

DFID has recently taken various steps to further reduce future carbon emissions including:

all UK sites are covered by Environment Management Systems;

we have signed up to the Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Programme;

we have installed sub-metering and natural ventilation to our IT server rooms;

we regularly have awareness-raising campaigns for staff;

we have achieved accreditation to the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme;

during 2008-2009 we are finalising feasibility studies into renewable technologies in our Scottish office site including a wind turbine and biomass boiler;

conducted investigations of the possibility of further efficiency measures such as tri-generation at our London office;

implemented internal targets to reduce air miles flown by 5 per cent. per year.