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Departmental Sustainable Development

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is on course to meet sustainable operations on the Government estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008 and (b) to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010. (198037)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to working to meet the UK Government sustainable operations on the Government estate targets. For the target to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewable sources, it was agreed that given the very large scale of the MOD estate the MOD should achieve this target by 2010, rather than by 31 March 2008. The latest available data show that, in 2006-07, 8.8 per cent. of electricity procured by MOD through centrally let contracts was sourced from renewable sources.

In 2006-07, the MOD achieved around a 37 per cent. recycling rate. We will continue to reduce waste and are committed to recovering and recycling more commercial and industrial waste than we send to landfill by 2012 on the way towards becoming a zero-waste to landfill organisation by 2020.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme or plans to do so in the next 12 months; (198038)

(2) whether his Department met the target in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate to reverse the upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007.

At the time of the launch of the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estates (SOGE) targets in June 2006, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had already achieved reductions in CO2 emissions from its estate. This trend has continued for the financial year 2006-07 with the MOD achieving an 8 per cent. reduction in CO2 emissions from the MOD Estate against a 1999-2000 baseline (adjusted in March 2008).

MOD continues to work with the Carbon Trust to trial the Carbon Management Programme on the Office Estate and this will inform adoption elsewhere within the Department. As part of this work MOD is developing the strategy necessary to ensure the carbon neutrality of the Office Estate and Top Level Budget Holders’ Headquarters by 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its buildings. (198040)

The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Top Level Budget Holders (TLBs) and Trading Fund Agencies (TFAs) are responsible for developing Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) suitable for their different functions and estates. All of these EMSs must be based on ISO 14001 standards. TLBs/TFAs are empowered to decide whether ISO 14001 accreditation is appropriate for their organisation.