01 Apr 2010 12:04:07
UK government departments set out carbon reduction plans
Government departments in the UK are publishing details of their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.
Through the Carbon Reduction Delivery and Adaptation Plans, each department will demonstrate how they intend to cut their carbon footprint.
This may include boosting energy efficiency, altering policies, adapting estates and making changes to existing operations.
Ministers hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the whole of the government estate by 34 percent by 2020, compared to 1999-2000 levels.
They also want to increase waste recovery, through recycling, composting and generating energy from waste, to 80 percent by 2016-17.
Energy minister Joan Ruddock said: "These plans show government's clear and unwavering commitment to reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency and providing greater opportunities in the low-carbon economy."
The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced recently that the UK had cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 8.6 percent in 2009 and was on track to exceed its Kyoto target of 12.5 percent below 1990 levels.http://tinyurl.com/ycs2da5