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Departmental Sustainable Development

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department is on course to meet the 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. (198032)

The Ministry of Justice has met its target of sourcing at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008.

A waste management strategy is currently being implemented across the estate that will enable the Ministry to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010. Good progress has already been made with MoJ HQ estate increasing its recycling by approximately 39 per cent. between 2005-06 and 2006-07.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its buildings. (198035)

The Ministry of Justice is working towards implementing environmental management systems across its estate. We are in the process of implementing an EMS for ISO 14001 accreditation in the Tribunals Service, MoJ Headquarters estate and the Royal Courts of Justice. In addition, a bespoke environmental management system is being implemented across the Prison Service estate. We will be looking to extend these systems across the rest of the estate in due course, and as set out in the Ministry’s Sustainable Development Action Plan.