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Departmental Sustainable Development

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (181324)

The last published return on central Government progress on electricity from renewables and on recycling is contained within the Sustainable Development in Government Report for 2005/06. The 2006/07 report is due to be published in March 2008.

As the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills was only formed in June 2007 we were not able to take part in this return.

The Department’s accommodation is located within buildings managed on our behalf by the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and as such our Sustainable operations performance will be returned within their reports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system for (a) its whole estate and (b) some of its buildings. (181327)

The last published return on central Government progress on environmental management systems is contained within the Sustainable Development in Government Report for 2005/06. The 2006/07 report is due to be published in March 2008.

As the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills was only formed in June 2007 we were not able to take part in this return.

The Department’s accommodation is located within buildings managed on our behalf by the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and as such our sustainable operations performance will be returned within their reports.