08 Feb 2011 12:02:10
DECC cut emissions by 20% in 2010
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reduced its carbon emissions by 20 percent in 2010, double its target.
"After signing up to the 10:10 campaign last year, DECC has set the pace. We have saved 547 tonnes [of carbon] throughout the year, the equivalent weight of five jumbo jets," energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne told the Guardian.
Among the measures the DECC implemented to reach this target were the issuing of laptops – which are more energy efficient than PCs – to all staff, installing a new cooling system within the server room and stopping heating the building at the weekend or at night.
It has also been publishing its real-time energy usage on its website.
Upon entering office in May 2010 the coalition set itself a target of cutting central government emissions by ten percent within 12 months.
The DECC also signed up to the 10:10 campaign, pledging to reduce its emissions by ten percent in 2010. Some 75,000 people, 214 councils and 3,000 businesses also joined the initiative.
Mr Huhne said the DECC will now be working with other government departments to help them cut their emissions.