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Departmental Carbon Emissions

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to reduce his Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. (181843)

To continue to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09 my Department has taken the following steps:

Findings from Carbon Trust energy surveys on our headquarters buildings have been adopted and are being actioned within my Department’s environmental management system;

An ongoing major refurbishment project in our London headquarters building is expected to generate significant reductions in energy use through adoption of new ways of working and energy conserving lighting;

Launching and delivering an internal communications campaign to raise awareness on sustainability issues, highlight successes and initiate activities so leading to a more careful use of scarce resources.