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Schools: Carbon Emissions

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to ensure that all new school buildings are zero-carbon by 2016. (205971)

We announced in December 2007 an ambition for all new school buildings to be zero carbon by 2016. A taskforce has been appointed to advise on how to achieve this ambition. The taskforce will develop a roadmap to zero carbon, setting targets and milestones to 2016.

We are taking action now while we work towards zero carbon by setting an immediate requirement for new school buildings to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent.