08 Jul 2011 08:07:04
Whitehall surpasses 10% CO2 reduction target
Whitehall has surpassed its target of slashing its CO2
emissions by ten percent in one year, achieving a cut of almost 14 percent.
Prime minister David Cameron said central government emissions have fallen by 13.8 percent in the past year, reducing energy bills by an estimated £13
Topping the table was the Department for Education, which achieved a 21.5 percent cut, while the Department of Energy and Climate Change was slightly behind with a 21.3 percent reduction.
Energy and climate change secretary Chirs Huhne
said: "This achievement has shown that we’re serious about leading by example and, when we promise to cut carbon, we mean it."
According to the government, over 100,000 tonnes
was saved between May 14th 2010 and May 13th 2011.
The 300,000 civil servants in 3,000 buildings involved in the scheme have now been set a new target of reducing emissions by 25 percent by 2025. Business-related transport is included in the extended scope of the new target.
Government targets are for the UK to achieve an overall cut in CO2
emissions of at least 34 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.