20 May 2009 09:05:08
UK DECC is least green of all government buildings
Official statistics have revealed that the UK government still has a long way to go in reducing the carbon footprint of public sector buildings to anything near a sustainable level.
Figures seen by the Observer revealed that one in three government buildings have the lowest possible energy efficiency rating; ironically, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is one of the largest carbon dioxide emitters.
The department, which is responsible for encouraging energy efficiency across the rest of the UK, scored a G for its Whitehall Place headquarters in London, the lowest grade on a seven-level scale.
It was reported by the newspaper that the Home Office and Department of Health achieved similarly low ratings, with the average government building scoring an F.
Government ratings on the energy efficiency of 267 public-sector buildings were published following a parliamentary question from Conservative MP Greg Clark.
The shadow energy minister told the Observer: "The fact that DECC is a G is pretty bad.
"I'm sure that they've gone into a less-than-functional building, but part of the role of DECC is to fly the flag and show how things could be done."
In total, 98 buildings scored a G, with 70 percent carrying an E or below; none of the offices, laboratories or museums were rated with an A.
All public buildings must posses a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) which outlines their energy use and carbon emissions.
DECs must be updated every year and be carried by schools, courts and prisons, as well as central and local government.http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=rfzcqdodjtGIzPQ5Gh...