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Colleges of Education: Carbon Emissions

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government plans to take to reduce carbon emissions from further education colleges. (199312)

Launched by the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the 27 March, “Building Colleges for the Future” outlines detailed proposals for the largest ever further education building works programme, which will see £2.3 billion invested over the next three years.

As part of this record investment, the Government announced that they would require all new projects to meet the highest building standards for sustainable design, including the need to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating—which includes mandatory requirements on energy.

In support of the Government’s targets for reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by at least 26 per cent. by 2020, the Government have also set a target of all new college buildings to be zero carbon by 2016 and has a task force in place to advise on how we may be able to move even more quickly to this position. The task force is expected to publish its findings and recommendations in summer 2008.