UK Prime Minister David Cameron last week informed central government departments they must cut energy use by 10% during the next year.

“In May, I called for real action to make us the greenest government ever,” says Cameron. “I made a commitment that over the next 12 months, central government departments would reduce their carbon emissions by 10%. We have made a start but clearly we can all do much more.”

Now an online league table (http://data.gov.uk/content/real-time-energy-data-government-headquarters) will bring together the data and allow the public to compare how each department is faring on a day-to-day basis. As well as this, local authorities are also allowed to sell energy that they produce back to the national grid, providing an additional source of revenue, ensuring energy security and reducing vulnerability to inevitable increases in energy prices.

The new coalition government intends to implement a full programme of measures to fulfil ambitions for a low carbon and eco-friendly economy very soon.